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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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Real estate association installs 2014 leadership team


courtesy of Nancy Tonna
Members of the 2014 board of directors of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors took the oath of office Jan. 9.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors installed its 2014 leadership team Jan. 9 at Villa Ragusa in Campbell.

California Association of Realtors President Kevin Brown administered the oath of office to SILVAR’s new president, Alain Pinel Realtors’ David Tonna, and incoming board of directors.

A realtor for 25 years, Tonna served on SILVAR’s board of directors 2004-2007, and from 2009 until the present. He has served as California Association of Realtors Region 9 director since 2005. Tonna has been a member of numerous committees, including Education, PRDS Forms, Budget and Finance, Political Action and Pro Standards, and served as chairman of the Bay Area Realtors Leadership Academy.

Christopher Isaacson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Woodside, will serve as SILVAR’s president-elect. Phyllis Carmichael, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, took the oath as the organization’s new treasurer.

SILVAR’s 2014 board of directors includes Carolyn Miller of RE/MAX Real Estate Services, past president; Suzanne Yost of Alain Pinel Realtors, Region 9 chairwoman; Lehua Greenman of Coldwell Banker, Menlo Park/Atherton District chairwoman; Jeff Beltramo of Coldwell Banker, Palo Alto District chairman; Bonnie Kehl and Joe Brown of Coldwell Banker, co-chairs of the Los Altos/Mountain View District; Sue Bose of Referral Realty, Cupertino/Sunnyvale District chairwoman; Mark Von Kaenel of Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, Los Gatos/Saratoga District chairman; John Tripp of Foundation Trust, National Association of Realtors director; Jeff Bell of Coldwell Banker, Mark Burns of Referral Realty, Eileen Giorgi of Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, Bill Moody of Referral Realty, Karen Trolan of Alain Pinel Realtors, directors-at-large; and Simon Offord of the Law Offices of Peter Brewer, affiliate chairman.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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