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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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BLSN infuses business leaders with spirituality

The long oval table in the library is set as for a board meeting.

In the center, however, are some items you'd never find in a corporate boardroom. Four white pillar candles are arranged in a square. Beside them is a prayer bowl nestled in a red-and-turquoise cushion.

The group meeting here is called a Leadership Formation Group (LFG). It operates within the Business Leadership Spirituality Network, (BLSN). The monthly meeting brings together a group of 10-12 executives to discuss business and workplace issues in a spiritual context.

Rose Camp, 48, executive VP of finance and operations at her company, was a member of the first LFG, which has been meeting since fall 2000.

"I love the combination of integrating business and spirituality," Camp said.

The BLSN grew out of the work of Andre Delbecq, who heads the Business and Spirituality Program at Santa Clara University, and John Huntington, a retired CEO who became an Episcopal priest and found a vocation serving business leaders like himself. Later the Rev. Dr. Jim Thomas, 30 years a psychologist/management consultant and now a priest, took over BLSN leadership.

The BLSN, headquartered at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Mountain View, has three LFGs so far, with the hope of expanding much farther. Its goal is to infuse spirituality at the highest levels of business.

The leader, Mary Jo Alderson, lights the candles and opens the meeting with a prayer. Then she uses an ancient spiritual technique called "lectio divina" for the group to meditate on a sacred text. She reads aloud a paraphrase of Psalm 40 three times, very slowly, with long pauses between readings. Group members reflect on what the reading meant to them.

Only after this preparation does the discussion start. Alderson takes the issues one at a time, facilitating, reflecting and drawing out threads and possible solutions for the problem. Everything said in the room is confidential.

Alderson, 54, directs the Spiritual Center at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. She has a business background in accounting. She thinks the time is ripe for this kind of group.

The BLSN asks for donations from participants as a percentage of their income. As it grows, it hopes to train more and more LFG facilitators and provide online networking services.

For more information about the BLSN, call Susan Slakey at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 967-4724.

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