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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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Community Briefs

Woman’s club hosts professional organizer

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled professional organizer Lisa Mark to speak at its Feb. 5 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Mark, a Certified Professional Organizer and founder of The Time Butler Professional Organizers, specializes in small business and residential organizing, productivity coaching, relocation and developing strategies for clients with critical illness or injury. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Mark’s presentation at 1 p.m.

Admission is open to the public, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call 948-3553.

Docent discusses work of Matisse

Fine-arts docent Ellen Harden is scheduled to discuss the “Matisse from SFMOMA” exhibition 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Henri Matisse, the French Impressionist and Neoimpressionist painter, is known for his use of color and his influence on the evolution of modern art in the early 20th century.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 7 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art while it undergoes renovation.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Los Altos PREPARE seeks team leaders

Los Altos PREPARE has scheduled a training session for local residents interested in serving on Block Action Teams (BATs) 6-9 p.m. today at El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The mission of BATs is to help neighborhoods “Connect, Care and Prepare” in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

The role of a BAT leader is to define his or her neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize volunteers and events. General responsibilities include encouraging neighborhood social events, developing a neighborhood roster, communicating emergency response information and organizing a neighborhood watch.

To sign up, complete the application at losaltosbat.org/become-a-bat-leader or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit losaltosbat.org.

Library exhibition features local artists

The Los Altos main library has scheduled an exhibition of handmade textile crafts by four local artists through January.

The exhibition features Jessica Bernhardt’s quilt wall hangings, Elissa Welikson’s silk paintings, Mary Anderson’s weavings and Ginger Summit’s felt work.

The larger works are hanging on the wall between the front and back entrances. Smaller items are in the cabinet near the New Books area.

The Los Altos main library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 948-7683.

MV Senior Center hosts Aging in Place event

The city of Mountain View and the Druker Center for Innovation have scheduled the annual Aging in Place conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature an array of seminars of interest to seniors and their families. Topics include “Living with Arthritis” and “How to Get the Most Out of Your Golden Years.” Vendors and elder-care advocates will be on-site to answer questions.

Admission is free.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase.

For more information, email Nora Beltran, Senior Advisory Committee member, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Los Altos Kiwanis accepts grant applications

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos is accepting applications for grants awarded to local nonprofit organizations that benefit youth or seniors.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday.

For applications, visit losaltoskiwanis.org/giving-back/grants.

Square-dancing class scheduled Mondays

The Bows and Beaus Square Dance Club, featuring caller/teacher Keith Ferguson, has scheduled classes for adult singles and couples 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos.

Square dancers may wear pants, jeans, prairie skirts or nonwestern attire.

Classes cost $5 per person.

For more information, call Nanci at 390-9261 or Tom at 561-4551, or visit bowsandbeaus.org.

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