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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 Parent Preschool celebrates 60 years


Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos Parent Preschool, a cooperative program founded in 1954, encourages parent participation in every aspect of its curriculum.

 

Los Altos Parent Preschool, a parent participation program under Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education, is scheduled to celebrate 60 years of educating children with a series of events this year, culminating in a communitywide gathering May 31.

A group of mothers who wanted a different approach to education, one that integrated parents into every aspect of the classroom and could meet the unique needs of families, founded the preschool in 1954.

“From increased enrollment to a new facility in 2011, it’s exciting to see the support of LAPP grow year after year,” said Lara Sandora, board president. “By involving the family, we are able to focus on the whole child, no matter where they are in their developmental phase.”

Parents who participate in the program assist a credentialed teacher approximately once a week and contribute to and share in running the school, from planning the curriculum to fundraising and maintenance.

“Co-op develops a common language between parents and children,” said parent Hera Hong-Lee. “LAPP is more than a preschool – it’s a community of special families.”

History

The founding parents aimed to form a cooperative preschool to serve the growing community. They wanted to share responsibility for administration, maintenance and the school’s program. They formed Los Altos Parent Preschool as a nonprofit corporation to furnish housing, equipment, supplies and a portion of teachers’ and directors’ salaries.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District agreed to supervise the program and share payment for staff salaries. As part of the district’s Adult Education Department, the preschool became the laboratory for a parent education class. Los Altos United Methodist Church granted the use of its facilities.

In 1998, the high school district leased land to the preschool at the west end of Los Altos High School. Through fundraising and community and member donations, the preschool purchased a portable classroom module and furnished the play yard.

In the summer of 2011, the membership and alumni of the preschool moved the program to its new home on the Covington School campus and began a partnership with the Los Altos School District.

Los Altos Parent Preschool remains part of the high school district’s Adult Education Program. California Adult Education standards and the cooperative preschool philosophy require the preschool’s parents to serve as members and staff assistants.

Upcoming events

Los Altos Parent Preschool encourages students and parents, past and present, to contribute memories of their time at the school. To share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

An open house for prospective families is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school, 201 Covington Road. Teachers and parents will be present to discuss the program and answer questions. No RSVP is required, and children are welcome. Los Altos Parent Preschool has a 1:3 ratio with three programs for ages ranging from 2.5 to 5. The school year runs from early fall to late spring.

For more information, visit lapp.coop or facebook.com/lappcoop.

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