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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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Local youth perform Sunday with Palo Alto Philharmonic

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association is scheduled to host its annual Family Concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The five winners of this year’s Concerto Movement Competition will perform as soloists with the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

Musicians of high school age or younger were eligible to participate in the Concerto Movement Competition. After a preliminary screening of applicants’ recorded performances, the finalists auditioned before a panel of judges. This year’s winners all attend Peninsula schools. Following is a list of winners and their concert solo pieces.

• Elena Ariza, 14, a freshman at Menlo School, has studied cello for 10 years. She is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She won first place in five different solo competitions in 2012. She and her friends performed at charity concerts around the Bay Area last year, raising more than $12,000 for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Ariza will play the Sinfonia Concertante (Op. 125), second movement, by Prokofiev.

• Alex Chien, 14, is a freshman at Bellarmine College Preparatory. He has studied piano since he was 4 years old. Among his recent awards are first place in both the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the 2013 Marian Filice Piano Competition. He has been a soloist with many Bay Area orchestras, including the Peninsula Symphony, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony. He will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor (Op. 30).

• Songyi Chun, 17, a senior at St. Francis High School, began her cello studies at age 9. She has performed as a soloist with the El Camino Youth Symphony and has won multiple competitions, including the Peninsula Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition and the Korean Times Youth Music Competition. She will play “Schelomo” by Ernest Bloch.

• Jeremy Tai, 14, studied cello for seven years at the San Francisco Conservatory. He is a freshman at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. He won first place in 2012 at both the Music Teachers’ National Association Performance Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition. When he was 10, the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley selected him to perform Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Tai will play the first movement of Dvorak’s Concerto for Cello in B minor (Op. 104).

• Alex Zhou, 11, a sixth-grader at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, has studied violin for the past five years. He won first place last year at both the California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy. He has appeared on the National Public Radio show “From the Top.” Zhou will play “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

For tickets ($5-$10) and more information, visit www.paphil.org/family.php.

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