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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 top Los Altos on last-minute goal

After a string of ties to begin league play, the Mountain View High girls soccer team desperately needed a win – and the Spartans got one with a last-minute goal against rival Los Altos last week.

Morgan Matthews delivered the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute, racing past a defender to receive a through pass from Isabel De Armas and boot it into the right side of the net Jan. 22.

“It was an important result for us,” said Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad opened SCVAL De Anza Division play by tying Homestead, Los Gatos and Palo Alto. “It’s nice we haven’t lost in over a month, but you need wins eventually to make CCS, which is the No. 1 goal.”

The Spartans earned another win Friday, routing Monta Vista 8-0. Matthews made three goals; Erin Higa scored one and notched three assists.

Mountain View improved to 2-0-3 in league and 6-2-4 overall.

Los Altos, defending Central Coast Section Division II champ, bounced back Friday by defeating Homestead 3-0. Rebecca Andrews scored two goals; Katie Winter had a goal and an assist.

The victory boosted the Eagles’ record to 3-1-1 in league and 5-3-2 overall.

St. Francis scored a goal in each half to beat host Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-0 Jan. 22 in West Catholic Athletic League play. Maddie Vukcevich scored the initial goal and assisted Annie Kingman on the second.

The Lancers improved to 4-3 in league and 9-4 overall.

Shorthanded Pinewood fell 1-0 to host Notre Dame-San Jose Thursday. The Panthers, competing with just 10 players, held Notre Dame scoreless into the final 20 minutes of action.

Coach Michael Tetzlaff said his girls “held up nicely against a team with a lot of substitutes, but “ultimately we were outnumbered, and they were able to slip a goal past our defense.”

Coupled with Saturday’s 4-0 loss at King’s Academy, Pinewood fell to 2-4-0 in the WBAL Foothill Division and 3-11-0 overall.

Boys basketball

Host Pinewood crushed Crystal Springs Uplands 67-25 Friday.

The Panthers (3-1 WBAL, 11-3 overall) led 37-13 at intermission. Ryan Brice paced Pinewood with 18 points; Jordan Riches had 14.

St. Francis’ struggles in the WCAL continued last week. The Lancers lost both games, slumping to 1-5 in league, 11-5 overall.

They fell 72-48 to visiting St. Ignatius Friday and lost 61-49 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Jan. 22.

No St. Francis player scored double-digit points Friday; Brycen Carbonel tallied 13 points against Sacred Heart.

Girls basketball

Jayme Hughes’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted Mountain View to a 55-54 win over Palo Alto Friday. Natalie Lillie – double teamed in the back court – lobbed the pass to Hughes, who turned and fired the shot from approximately 30 feet.

Hughes totaled 21 points to lead the host Spartans (2-3 De Anza Division, 10-6 overall).

Los Altos extended its winning streak to 12 games by beating Homestead 57-40 Friday.

Meghan McDermott scored 22 points for the visiting Eagles, who upped their record to 5-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 13-3 overall.

Boys soccer

Despite missing its top two scorers from last season, the Mountain View boys keep winning. The Spartans improved to 3-1 in the De Anza Division and 9-2-1 overall with last week’s 6-0 thumping of rival Los Altos.

Mountain View is playing without last year’s leading scorer, Guillermo Burger, who decided not to play this season, according to coach Jim McGuirk, and two weeks ago lost this year’s leading scorer, Brad Bumgarner, to an ankle injury.

The Spartans have compensated with a balanced attack. In the Jan. 22 rout of Los Altos and 3-2 win over Palo Alto in their previous game, a total of seven players scored goals.

“The guys are stepping up and playing well without Brad,” said McGuirk, who doesn’t know when Bumgarner (12 goals) will return.

Against Los Altos, Collin Hurst and Jim Radford each notched a goal and an assist. Josue Aguilar, Logan Allen, Andrew Bossett and Johann Pistorius scored Mountain View’s other goals.

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