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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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Eagles hold on, beat pesky Falcons by six


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum dunks on Saratoga in Friday night’s league game. The host Eagles prevailed 55-49.

For much of Friday’s boys basketball game, it was hard to tell the first-place team from the squad sitting at the bottom of the league. But as good teams often do, Los Altos High made plays when it mattered most and held off Saratoga 55-49.

Trailing by two at intermission after an erratic first half, the host Eagles outscored the Falcons 30-22 the rest of the way by making shots and stops at crucial times.

Los Altos’ big three – Steven Garverick, Joey Malgesini and Daniel Rosenbaum – combined to score 23 points after halftime and proved instrumental in stifling Saratoga’s offense.

“They came up big,” coach Bob McFarlane said of his trio. “They’re competitors and they went after it.”

Garverick finished with a team-high 19 points, Malgesini scored 13 and Rosenbaum added 10 – including the highlight play of the night.

With the Eagles leading 44-42 with 6:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rosenbaum faked out his defender and exploded to the rim for a dunk that ignited the nervous home crowd.

This prompted a Saratoga timeout, and the respite seemed to renew Los Altos’ defensive energy. The Eagles held the Falcons scoreless the next three minutes – the visitors missed five shots and committed two turnovers – while Los Altos extended its advantage to 49-42 on Thomas Kelleher’s baseline jumper, set up by Rosenbaum’s drive and dish.

Saratoga wouldn’t go away, however. The Falcons closed the gap to one by scoring six straight points, the final three on Michael Cole’s 3-pointer with 1:16 left. The Eagles struggled all evening to defend the crafty 5-foot-10 guard, who totaled 27 points.

“He hurt us last time, too,” said McFarlane, referring to last month’s 65-54 win at Saratoga. “We were well aware of him. He’s just a good little player.”

Malgesini responded for Los Altos, getting fouled on a successful drive down the middle. His free throw put the Eagles up 52-48 with 57 seconds remaining.

Cole cut the lead to three by splitting a pair of free throws with 26 ticks to go, and that’s as close as the Falcons would get. Garverick converted two foul shots with 16 seconds left – putting Los Altos ahead 54-49 – and Rosenbaum made another free throw with four seconds to play.

The win helped the Eagles’ ease the pain of their first league loss – 55-51 at Palo Alto two days earlier – and fortify their first-place standing. Los Altos improved to 7-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 15-6 overall.

“That was a tough loss and the guys were a little deflated,” McFarlane said. “This was a good one to get out of our system.”

The Eagles are two games ahead of Milpitas and Paly with four to play. Saratoga sits in last place at 1-8 and is 6-14 overall.

Los Altos is slated to visit rival Mountain View 7 p.m. today.

2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School vs. Saratoga High School -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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