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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Main Street's imagination station : Build It Again with Bricks promotes creativity via LEGOs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Nicholas Moore, 5, of Los Altos surveys the army of LEGO soldiers on display at Build It Again with Bricks. The store opened its doors last week at 398 Main St.

A new Los Altos business owner is aiming to open up a world of possibilities for children in Los Altos – through LEGOs.

Nicknamed the “LEGO Lady,” Build It Again with Bricks owner Karla Oliveira recently relocated her business from its home on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park to the former site of Lite for Life at 398 Main St. Her shop – which offers new and used LEGOs for sale in addition to classes, parties and other LEGO-centric services – opened last week. Reached by the Town Crier, Oliveira said she plans to host an official grand opening sometime in February.

Oliveira originally launched the business in Menlo Park last August despite her original intention to set up shop in Los Altos. That opportunity arrived in late November, when the former Lite for Life space became available for lease.

“I just really wanted to open, so I did on Santa Cruz Avenue, but it’s been off-the-charts expensive,” said Oliveira, a Los Altos Hills resident who opened the store after 15 years of offering kid-friendly classes in all things LEGO throughout the Bay Area. “I really wanted a place where I could do a lot more with kids. … One of my biggest focuses is to get girls into LEGOs, too.”

Oliveira noted that her love for LEGOs began nearly 20 years ago, when she started buying various sets for her 3-year-old son because “it was the one thing that he was interested in.”

Soon after, the newfound hobby resulted in Oliveira’s “buying LEGOs like crazy” and turning what began as a hobby into a career by setting up demonstrations and teaching classes in LEGO building at schools and children’s birthday parties throughout the Peninsula.

Oliveira said her move to Los Altos means that she will be able to offer some new services for customers, such as group team-building classes for adults and summer day camps for kids. She added that she will offer drop-off play hours so that children can enjoy hands-on activities throughout the day.

No matter how old the patron, Oliveira said her goal is to make sure that children and adults alike have fun exploring their creative sides.

“It’s anything goes,” she said. “It’s the kids’ imaginations that determine what we do.”

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/builditagainwithbricks.

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