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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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DELLOYD EDWARD TOBIE (DICK)

DeLloyd Edward Tobie (Dick) a longtime time resident of Los Altos, had a peaceful passing on January 30, 2010 he was 90 years old. He lived a full and adventurous life and always kept the stories flowing. His wife Dorthy, children Jason, Lana, Paul, and six grandchildren survive him. Proceeded in death by youngest son Dan Tobie.

At 18 years old Dick got the incurable flying itch and left Wisconsin for Homestead, Florida. There he took flying lessons he paid for by being a hopper loader for a crop dusting outfit. With help from his mining engineer brother in South America, and savings from jobs he bought himself a J3 Cub for $600.00 and followed the rivers and highways north to Wisconsin. Landing where he could, even once on a highway to refuel at a gas station. Sleeping under the wings in farmer’s fields and giving rides for gas he found his true passion. He later traded in the J3 Cub for a clipped wing Monocoupe and loved racing and performing aerobatics at air shows. In 1940 he was hired with United Airlines at the age of 21 as the youngest commercial airline pilot. After completion of training in Oakland at the Boeing school of Aeronautics he was sent to Chicago Midway for line check in the B-247. In SFO he flew the DC-3 and was later transitioned to the DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, DC8, B-747. As part of the war effort he spent time flying military contracts to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Dick retired number one on the seniority list for United Airlines in 1979.

In 1943 Dick fell in love with a TWA flight attendant, Dorthy Hawkins. Their partnership through the 66 years of marriage included a storybook life of travel and special times with family and friends.

Dick took great pride as the founder and owner of the Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center located on Fremont Ave. He loved being outdoors, and was often duck hunting, fishing, playing tennis or jogging. Dick was one of the true pioneers of the airline industry who saw a vast scope of technological and safety changes that have made flying what it is today. Two of his sons inherited his love of flying and became career commercial airline pilots. We miss him, and wish him a restful layover in the wild blue yonder.

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