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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

Bunco fundraiser supports Fisher House

The Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled “Let’s Play Bunco” 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The fundraiser will benefit the Fisher House at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which provides a temporary home for the families of hospitalized veterans. The event includes prizes, a raffle and a buffet lunch.

A $30 donation is requested.

For more information, call 948-3553 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

San Antonio Hills schedules yearly meeting

The San Antonio Hills Homeowners Association has scheduled its annual meeting 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is scheduled to speak. Residents of the Country Club area are encouraged to attend.

Sign-in and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit sanantoniohills.com.

WomenSV confronts domestic violence

WomenSV, the Los Altos Community Foundation’s support network for victims of domestic violence, has scheduled its second Women Rising event noon Feb. 14 at Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

The date coincides with the international One Billion Rising for Justice event, a day on which 1 billion women and men around the world pledge to confront the statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

WomenSV, in collaboration with the Cardea Center for Women, At the Well and other women’s groups, invites local women and men to join with people around the world at the gathering, affirming their commitment to work together toward a world in which every woman and child lives in safety, peace and freedom.

Organizers invite attendees to bring a poem, song, flower or valentine to share what healthy love means to them: respect, forgiveness, patience, compassion, the sharing of hopes and dreams.

Space is limited.

RSVP by Tuesday by calling 996-2200.

For more information, visit womensv.org.

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 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.

MV Senior Center hosts Aging in Place event

The city of Mountain View and the Druker Center for Innovation have scheduled the third annual Aging in Place conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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 “Is It Alzheimer’s or Is It Normal Aging?” “Living with Arthritis,” “Strategies for Success for People with Vision Loss” and “How to Get the Most Out of Your Golden Years.”

Admission is free. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meeting on coexisting with coyotes scheduled

The Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee has scheduled a public information meeting on the behavior, biology and role of coyotes in urban ecosystems 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Los Altos Hills Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Wildlife expert Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, will be on hand to answer questions about the presence of coyotes in the local community and how residents can prevent conflicts between domestic animals and coyotes.

For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov.

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