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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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Los Altos boys beat Paly in league basketball game


R. ALan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Danny Rosenbaum puts up a shot after driving into the lane against Paly.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team has looked worthy of that promotion to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Elevated after an undefeated season in the El Camino Division, the Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in the De Anza Division. Los Altos followed a 20-point win at Milpitas with a 68-60 victory over visiting Palo Alto last week.

“It was a solid win over a very good team,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose Eagles improved to 10-5 overall.

Los Altos jumped to a 19-11 lead after one quarter, but the Vikings rallied to lead by two at halftime and by three entering the final quarter of the Jan. 15 game.

That’s when the Eagles made their move. Los Altos outscored Paly 24-13 in the fourth.

“Fortunately, we had the last of the runs and time ran out with us up and (we got) the win,” McFarlane said.

Danny Rosenbaum spurred the rally, scoring nine of his 18 points – including a deep 3 – in the period. The junior “had an explosive run to finish the game,” McFarlane said, “and his solid decision-making and assertive play was the difference for us offensively.”

Steven Garverick totaled 20 points to pace the Eagles; Lambie Lanman added 13 and Joe Malgesini scored 11, including what McFarlane called “a clutch 3-pointer.”

Flourishing in the fourth quarter, Mountain View beat Los Gatos 40-30 Jan. 15. The Spartans outscored the Wildcats 13-3 in the period for their first De Anza Division win of the year.

John McAlister poured in 19 points – which included four 3-pointers – to lead visiting Mountain View (1-1 division, 5-9 overall).

Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League standings by defeating King’s Academy 60-49 Jan 14.

Kyle Murphy and Ryan Brice tallied 14 points each for the Panthers (3-0 league, 11-2 overall).

“The team played really well,” Pinewood coach Mani Messy said.

After facing little resistance prior to league – winning its 10 games by an average of 25 points – St. Francis has encountered plenty of it in the West Catholic Athletic League. The Lancers fell to 0-3 with last week’s 53-51 home loss to Valley Christian.

St. Francis entered the fourth quarter with a three-point advantage Jan. 14, but the Warriors outscored them 18-13 the rest of the way.

Noah Stapes led the Lancers with 16 points.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to nine games with last week’s 36-29 decision at Fremont. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the El Camino Division and 10-3 overall.

Meghan McDermott scored 11 points and Meg Enthoven added 10 for Los Altos, which created separation from the Firebirds with a 10-4 third-quarter run.

Girls soccer

Host Pinewood came from behind to top Woodside Priory 2-1 Thursday in a WBAL Foothill Division game.

After surrendering a goal off a corner kick, the Panthers tied the match off a corner of their own in the 33rd minute. Nicole Colonna’s kick soared to Etelle Stephan, who headed the ball to Courtney Copriviza and she booted it into the goal. Stephan scored the game-winner in the 75th minute off a free kick, heading the ball into the net.

“The girls played their hearts out,” said Michael Tetzlaff, whose Pinewood squad improved to 2-3 in the WBAL and 2-10 overall, “and as a coach you thrive on those kinds of games where either team could have won, but your team pulls it out with five minutes to go.”

Tied at 1 at halftime, St. Francis scored two second-half goals to beat Presentation 3-1 Jan. 14.

Sophia Villalta, Xochitl Hunter and Delaney Baie Pridham scored for the visiting Lancers, who improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 8-3 overall.

Wrestling

Los Altos fell 45-34 at Cupertino Thursday in El Camino Division action. The undermanned Eagles (1-1 league) had to forfeit four weight classes.

Five of Los Altos’ six wins came via pin: Joseph Donnelly at 106 pounds, Zachary Cano at 132, Carter Lee at 138, James Sobrino at 145 and Javier Contreras at 160. Sean Lanoza (152 pounds) produced the Eagles’ other win, an 11-2 decision.

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