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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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Second-half surge powers Eagles past Spartans 53-38


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum shoots over Mountain View High’s Joey Williams in last week’s league game.

With each game, the Los Altos High boys basketball team looks more like the team to beat in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles’ biggest obstacle may be the Eagles.

“We’ve got the opportunity in front of us and we can play with anybody,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose team is off to a 5-0 start in league. “It’s just a matter of almost getting out of our own way at times and focusing on the team and what the team’s trying to accomplish.”

Last week’s 53-38 rout of rival Mountain View exemplified that. After a ragged first half in which they led just 21-20, the Eagles pulled away with an 18-5 third-quarter run Jan. 22.

“In the first half, we were kind of trying to get our own shots and weren’t really moving the ball,” McFarlane said. “As soon as we came out in the second half, we had nice ball movement and executed our plays and all of a sudden we had shots. We kind of caught fire and defensively played as a team versus individually.”

Mountain View scored first in the second half – on a putback by Joey Williams – but host Los Altos put up the next seven points. Joey Malgesini accounted for five of those points, starting with a top-of-the-key 3. The senior finished with a game-high 17 points.

“They run a zone (defense),” Malgesini said of the Spartans. “We had to adjust to that and find what looks we could get off of that because it’s very different and we’re not used to it. Once we did, we really started to execute and play our game – and it showed on the scoreboard.”

After Mountain View scored on two free throws by Kevin Ives (team-high 13 points) to cut the deficit to 28-24, Los Altos went on a devastating 11-1 run to close the quarter. Daniel Rosenbaum poured in nine points during the spurt, making a baseline jumper, three drives and a free throw. The junior finished with 12 points.

Ahead 39-25 entering the fourth, the Eagles maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Malgesini drained two 3-pointers – he made five in the game – and Lambie Lanman scored four of his seven points.

Steven Garverick totaled 15 points for Los Altos, seven of those coming in the first quarter.

The Eagles followed this win with another Friday: 53-43 at Homestead. Los Altos (13-5 overall) outscored the Mustangs 20-12 in the fourth quarter.

Malgesini tallied 19 points and Rosenbaum added 14.

The Eagles are slated to host Los Gatos – the only team they have yet to play in league – 7 p.m. today.

Mountain View, meanwhile, is scheduled to visit Saratoga at the same time.

The Spartans rebounded from the loss to Los Altos by topping host Palo Alto 35-31 Friday.

Mountain View held the Vikings to just eight points in the second half – and only two of those came in the final quarter.

Corey Fitz paced the Spartans with 10 points.

Mountain View improved to 2-3 in the De Anza Division and 6-11 overall.

“I think we’re competitive – more competitive than we look on paper,” Spartans assistant coach DJ Kobza said. “We’re a pretty scrappy team. I think we can be in the mix in league.”


2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School v. Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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