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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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 add ...

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Sports On The Side

GOLFING GURUS: John Cranston of Los Altos Hills was part of a foursome that placed 13th at the 1997 National Team Championship last month in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cranston's son, Riley, and his team from Oregon took third at the 64-team golf tourney.

LACROSSE ANYONE? The Tomahawks Lacrosse Club is accepting new players in grades 4-12 for junior, junior varsity and varsity squads. The local club team especially needs players in grades 4-6 for a second junior team. Practice starts in January and games are played March-May. No experience is necessary to play. For more information, call Gitta Westra at 962-1455.

A NEW YEAR'S TWIST: Twister Kids in Mountain View invites girls and boys ages 6-12 to the 29th annual Twist into the New Year overnight party. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and continues until 9 a.m. Jan. 1. Guests can partake in gymnastics, dancing, rock climbing, dinner, games and movies. The Twisters certified staff will be on-site all night. Admission is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Additional family members receive a $10 discount. Proceeds will be donated to the Twisters Kids scholarship fund. For reservations and more information, call 967-5581.

A CALL FOR COACHES: Los Altos High is seeking coaches for boys and girls track, frosh-soph boys tennis and junior varsity girls swimming. Practice starts in mid-January. For more information, call Monica Lodge at 960-8857.

MORE COACHING JOBS: Gunn High School needs coaches for the following spring sports: varsity swimming, junior varsity softball, junior varsity badminton and frosh-soph boys tennis. Practice starts in February. For more information, call athletic director Steve Ames at 354-8214.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Santa Clara County Special Olympics needs coaches for floor hockey, bowling and basketball. There is also a need for people interested in joining the fundraising committee. For more information, call (408) 267-2734.

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