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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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Schools Briefs

Kindergarten information

Parents of preschool children who will be attending kindergarten in the Los Altos School District in the fall 1998 are invited to attend an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. on either Jan. 22 or Jan. 27 at Almond School's multipurpose room, 550 Almond Ave. in Los Altos.

Teachers and school district administrators will make presentations and hand out information.

To be eligible for the district's 98-99 kindergarten program, children must be five years old on or before Dec. 2, 1998.

They must also reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District. Student pre-registration will begin at all six Los Altos elementary schools at 7 a.m. Feb. 5.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

December was named Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by various community groups to educate residents about the dangers of drinking and driving and to provide solutions. Last year 103 teens in California were killed in alcohol-related crashes. For more information about how to ensure your teen will drive responsibly at all times, call (916) 444-8014, or visit the Office of Safety web site at www.ots.org/ots

Motorist warnings

Motorists will need to use extra caution when approaching a school bus as a result of new legislation that will go into effect tomorrow. According to the new law, bus drivers will be required to activate the flashing red lights at every location, whether or not children will be crossing the roadway, requiring motorists to stop.

Volunteer readers

Volunteers are needed to assist local second graders with reading and writing activities for six Tuesday mornings. With a ratio of two students per volunteer, children and volunteers will together make a journal of "Life in the Second Grade." Training will be provided by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. For more information, please call Linda at 940-6024.

Winter classes at Foothill

Winter classes at Foothill College start Jan. 5 and continue through March 27. Students of all ages and skill levels can enroll in the more than 1,000 courses being offered, including language arts, business science, biological and health sciences, and computer, technology and information systems.

Late registration can be made in person today and Thursday in the Admissions and Records Office.

For more information, call 949-7005.

Holiday giving

Students at Woodside Priory measured, cut and stitched handmade polar fleece blankets to be distributed throughout the winter to needy families and their newborn babies at Stanford Hospital.

Through the nonprofit organization "Thear," students also adopted two needy families for Christmas by giving them gifts specified on tags from a "giving tree."

LAHS graduates

Los Altos High School alumni are looking for the current names, addresses and phone numbers for students from all class years for the creation of the first alumni directory. For more information, contact Harris Publishing by calling 1-800-733-8859 or fax information to 1-800-238-8332. You many also send information to Los Altos Alumni Directory Project, c/0 Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, 313 E. Anderson Lane, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78752.

Scholarship information

Students can find information on how to receive academic funding and scholarships for college through the National Academic Funding Advisory's updated 1998 publication. To order a copy, send a No. 10 self-addressed, double-stamped envelope plus $2 to cover handling to the National Academic Funding Advisory, 188 Summer ST. Dept. M1, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

El Camino scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has several scholarships available for the 1998-99 academic year for students enrolled or planning to enroll in health professional programs.

For more information or to obtain an application, call the El Camino Hospital Foundation office at 940-7154. Applications are due by Jan. 31, 1998.

Hospital Auxiliary scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary is currently taking applications for health professional scholarships.

Applicants must be permanent residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Cupertino, who are enrolled or will be enrolling as full-time students (12 units or more) at an accredited California college or university. They must be enrolled in one of the following fields of study: clinical laboratory technology, diagnostic imaging, dietitian, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, pharmacy technology, physical therapy or physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy, radiological technology or respiratory therapy.

Deadline for completed applications is Feb. 28, 1998. For an application, write to Scholarship Committee, El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 7025, Mountain View 94039-7025, or call 940-7214.

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