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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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In The Past...

In the Dec. 2, 1970 edition of the Town Crier, a headline read, "Los Altos Kicks the Bucket," referring to Colonel Sander's big round chicken bucket on top of the Kentucky Fried Chicken dispensary. It had been a feature of the local skyline for several years, much to the dismay of many citizens.

The bucket had been ruled non-conforming when the city sign ordinance was changed in 1968. Since the sign pre-existed the ordinance change, Kentucky Fried Chicken was given two years to remove the offending bucket. A new non-bucket shaped sign featuring the Colonel's beaming image took its place.

The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors gave final approval for open heart surgery on a limited basis at the Mountain View hospital.

Dr. Norman Shumway, well-known heart surgeon at the Stanford University Medical School, agreed to direct the pilot program and to perform up to two open heart surgery operations per week at El Camino starting in early 1971.

More than 50,000 tiny white lights twinkled on the bare branches of more than 100 street trees, and evergreen boughs decorated almost every lamp post. They bid welcome to the 1970 Christmas season in downtown Los Altos.

Los Altos High Knights were tied 14-14 in the first half of the 1970 Thanksgiving Day game at Buck Shaw Stadium. Those 14 points were the last Homestead was able to get with Los Altos amassing more than 30 points to win the game 44-14 and capture the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship.

50 years ago in the Los Altos News

The Nov. 29, 1945 edition of the Los Altos News reported Los Altans were asked to signify their acceptance or rejection of city delivery curb service of all mail. If agreed upon, it meant only one home delivery of mail each day as compared to the prevailing box system of two deliveries daily to post office boxes.

The feasibility of city delivery was contingent on the assignment of house numbers to each dwelling and on suitable rural mail boxes erected along one side of each street.

The Mountain View High School Eagles downed a fighting Santa Clara Panther eleven by the score of 12-6 in a night game on Mountain View football field.

The Eagles went on to another victory on Nov. 16 at Gilroy when they defeated the Mustangs 18-2 thus keeping Mountain View in the running for the 1945 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title.

nullResearched by Ellen Shaw of the Los Altos History House Association

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