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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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FRED HODGE

OBIT Fred Hodge

April 18, 1925 – January 6, 2014

Fred Hodge, a resident of Palo Alto for 44 years, died on January 6th at the age of 88 of congestive heart failure. He had been living at The Forum in Cupertino for the last 3 years, where he was known as "everyone's helper" - running errands for other residents with his Nissan truck. His kindness will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Fred was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1925 to Eleanor and Frank Hodge, and graduated from L.A. High School as the war was breaking out.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1943, and was trained as a Bombadier on B-24's.  He married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Holland, in February 1945. When the war ended they moved to Berkeley to attend the University of California; he graduating in Civil Engineering in January 1950. They always chuckled at being the Beta house fraternity "chaperones" (at 20 years of age), just because they were married!  Fred played football while at CAL, being one of "Pappy's Boys," and maintained these CAL-Beta-Pappy’s Boys associations into his eighties.

Returning to live closer to their families in Southern California after college, he and Eileen raised their 3 children: Brady, Linley (“Twinkie”) and Kerry in Palos Verdes from 1956-1965, and while there Fred earned his MBA from USC.  He then transferred with the FMC Corporation to Palo Alto where he was VP of Sales for Southeast Asia, making routine trips to Asia-Pacific, sometimes accompanied by his wife.  Fred and Eileen were active members of Foothills Tennis Club in Palo Alto, enjoying many years playing tennis and taking bicycle trips with friends.  A life-long active sportsman, Fred's love of fishing & back-packing in the Rockies, skiing all rugged terrain, scuba-diving the different oceans, and tennis around the world with People-to-People Tennis Tours allowed him the opportunity "to meet the greatest people who appreciate the beauty of this magnificent planet!"

After retirement, Fred spent his life volunteering, and for many years traveled to foreign countries with the International Executive Service Corps, offering his business expertise to companies in developing countries.  He was an honorary Camp Counselor at the USC Wrigley Family Science Camp on Catalina Island, until he was 83, guiding the night snorkeling dives for all the families, and soon also became appreciated as the camp's "fix-it" guy.  Fixing anything broken was driven by his engineering skill, and his workbench in his garage was always his "happy place!"  He believed volunteering was his life calling, and he continued his service while at The Forum, making trips to The Goodwill or Ecumenical Hunger with truckloads of donations for other Forum residents.  The beneficiaries and donors were all his pals.

A great joy for "Grandpa Freddie" was watching his grandchildren play their different sports at St. Francis High School, and he could always be seen on the court or field or track between 1996-2009.  He became a favorite fan of each team, and will be remembered for his devotion to his six grandchildren (and their teammates):  Chase ('00), Colby ('03) & Carter ('09) Lyman, and Kelly ('02), Bo ('06) & CJ ('09) Thede. 

Fred was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Eileen, in 2003, and is survived by his 3 children: Brady Hodge of S. Lake Tahoe, Linley ('Twinkie') and Brad Lyman of Los Altos Hills, and Kerry Thede of Los Altos, his 6 grandchildren, sister Ann Hodge Magnuson of Santa Rosa, and many nieces and nephews.  

Private family services will be held at his favorite body-surfing beach, San Clemente, in early April - timed with the arrival of his 2nd great-grandchild, to honor his belief that the Circle of Life is one of God's great gifts. 

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in his name to the YMCA of Silicon Valley, c/o Tony Ganger, Chief Development Officer, 80 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95051.  The YMCA was a significant influence on Fred in his early years and he continued to value their commitment to strengthening individuals, families and communities.

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