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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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Mtn. View girls fall at home to Wilcox


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Jayme Hughes, looking to shoot, scored a team-high 10 points in Friday’s league loss to visiting Wilcox.

Her team lost its league opener 57-41, yet Mountain View High girls basketball coach Judy Auclair wasn’t discouraged by the way the Spartans played Friday against visiting Wilcox.

“I thought we did a pretty good job tonight,” said Auclair, who expects the Chargers (11-1 overall) to go undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division. “Our girls are feeling really good about this game and what they’ve done. Everyone else is getting beat by 30 points against them. That’s a great compliment to these young ladies – that they stuck with it.”

Wilcox’s superior size bothered the Spartans (7-5 overall) on both ends of the court. Led by imposing 6-foot-4 senior Joesetta Fatuesi, who recently committed to the University of Utah, the Chargers scored several times inside and made Mountain View think twice about venturing into the paint.

“It was tough covering all those tall girls,” Auclair said, “and we were a little afraid of driving in on them.”

The Spartans got off to a sluggish start – down 12-4 midway through the first quarter – but showed signs of life late in the second period. They turned a 26-12 deficit into a nine-point game with 1:48 remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Jayme Hughes scored half of her team-high 10 points during the run.

“Jayme has been sick/tired and made only two practices this week, but she did the best she could,” Auclair said.

Wilcox regained control in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points.

Forward Karen Kauffman broke the streak by making a flip shot on a drive down the middle for Mountain View. The sophomore totaled seven points.

The Chargers countered with a trey by Fatuesi – her second of the night – for a 42-22 advantage with 4:49 left in the period.

Mountain View responded with a 7-0 run highlighted by Hughes’ second 3-pointer of the game.

The Spartans wouldn’t get closer than 14 points the rest of the way and found themselves down 55-34 after Fatuesi scored inside with 4:50 left to play. She finished with 12 points.

Mountain View made 14 of 46 shots from the field Friday.

“Our shots just didn’t fall,” said Auclair, whose squad committed 21 turnovers.

The Chargers turned the ball over 20 times and connected on 22 of 49 shots. They nailed eight treys, three courtesy of guard Caitlin Brown (11 points total).

The Spartans are slated to host Milpitas 6:15 p.m. Friday.


2013 girls basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van  Houtte/Town Crier

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