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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.

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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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Christmas at Our House: St. Francis Holiday Home Tour celebrates 25 years


School’s annual Christmas at Our House fundraiser showcases holiday place settings.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays near and St. Francis High School prepares for its 25th annual Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour, scheduled Dec. 5-7.

Beginning with the Twilight Tour and followed by a Christmas party, home tours and a tea, luncheon and boutique, the annual event spans three days and provides multiple avenues for fundraising for construction of new school facilities for St. Francis’ expanding student body. Over the years, Christmas at Our House has raised more than $2 million for the school.

Founded in 1988 by Ann Morey, vice president of St. Francis’ Women’s Club, the first Christmas at Our House tour featured four homes in the South Bay.

Christmas at Our Home has become the Women’s Club’s largest event, attracting help from a wide range of local residents, from the volunteers running the event to the guests who attend. St. Francis students play an integral role, drawing sketches of the homes, entertaining tour-goers as student musicians and staffing the event as volunteers.

Homes on the tour

This year’s home tour showcases four residences reflective of different architectural styles.

• A newly constructed New England-style home that provides a warm and welcoming environment for a busy St. Francis family. The three-story home features interior design by Heidi Menard of Ambiance Interiors in its wine lounge, chef’s kitchen and downstairs entertainment room/gym. Architect Jim Redman of Elements Landscape designed the backyard landscaping.

• A home with an interior layout modeled after the traditional ranch houses of old Los Altos. Although the exterior finishes of the home are more reminiscent of the East Coast - with white siding and stone - the owners envisioned building a house that blended into the neighborhood and looked as if it were built over time. The house, built by general contractor and former St. Francis teacher John Komo and his daughter, St. Francis alumna Jennifer Paulson, boasts a traditional foyer, formal living and dining rooms, a wood-paneled office, four en-suite bedrooms and a children’s playroom above the three-car garage. Interior designer Julie Brown of Brownhouse Design helped select the finishes. Situated on a large, flat lot, the 6,500-square-foot house includes a large patio for entertaining, a pool, a pool house, a parterre garden, a small apricot orchard - a nod to early Los Altos - and a number of other fruit and pepper trees.

• A two-story Monterey-style remodel, a well-preserved example retaining nearly all of its original exterior design features. Among other highlights, the multipane glazed wood door with hand-wrought iron hardware, the metal doorbell with pull and the ornamental relief panel adjacent to the front door offer hints of the home’s history. Constructed circa 1933, the home was listed in 2008 on the Los Altos Historic Resources Inventory.

• A Tuscan-style villa in Los Altos Hills sits on a hill, with a quarter-acre vineyard, reminiscent of the Italian countryside. Large living room windows frame the expansive view. The backyard boast three fireplaces and unique seatng areas.

Tickets

• Christmas Party and Tour tickets, $125, include a hosted cocktail buffet and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills 7-10 p.m. Dec. 5. Tour tickets may be used 4-7 p.m. Dec. 5 or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 or 7. Tickets are limited.

• Home Tour tickets, $40-$45, include tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a discount.

• Elegant Luncheon Buffet tickets, $30, include a luncheon and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6.

For tickets and more information, visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

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