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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 ad...

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Letters to the Editor

Construction at odds with ‘quaint’ town

"Welcome to Los Altos. The tree-lined streets, lush with green hues in summer and verdant colors in fall, evoke the quaint, village atmosphere of small-town America. Originally an agricultural town with many summer cottages, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community with several distinctive features. An upscale community just 40 miles south of San Francisco." (Source: www.losaltos.com.)

"Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown district as well as the area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill and El Camino Real. Excellent schools and proximity to coastal foothills make it one of the area’s premier cities." (Source: Wikipedia.)

This sounds like the perfect place to raise a family. How distant this notion will be with the construction of a three-story, industrial medical center just steps away from many of the "quaint single-family homes" and neighborhood elementary school. Parents will never again feel the ease and comfort of allowing their children to walk a block to school, skate out on their sidewalks, throw a baseball in their front yards, go on a leisurely evening walk with the dog or skip to a friend's house.

Commercial businesses, their owners and employees do not monitor business activity to ensure a quaint atmosphere. As an alternative to the proposed plan, single-family homes on the Pilgrim Haven property would preserve the look and feel of Los Altos as it was meant to be.

Susan E. Keck-Truman

Alan Truman

Los Altos

Pilgrim Haven a ‘valued asset'

We have lived on Yerba Buena Avenue (off Los Altos Avenue) for almost 43 years. Our sons used to walk or ride their bicycles up to the orchards and open space that once bordered Pilgrim Haven. With the passage of time, housing took over the orchards and open space.

Of course, with housing and the passage of time, and as the population of Los Altos has grown, the need for facilities to house and care for our senior citizens (including those with Alzheimer's disease) has also grown. Pilgrim Haven is seeking to address this need.

Pilgrim Haven is doing its very best to accommodate the needs of the surrounding community. It is recognized that during the construction period every effort must be made not to impact the neighborhood. Also, the final structures must conform to the looks of the surrounding neighborhoods. This Pilgrim Haven has done through the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

We believe Pilgrim Haven is a valued asset for Los Altos and that it should be allowed to grow to better serve the community.

Gerard and Mardell Blaufarb

Los Altos

Junior Olympics show ‘Personal Best'

The Los Altos School District hosted its 49th annual Junior Olympics April 25 at Mountain View High School. As co-chairwomen of the event, we are compelled to write to express our sincere gratitude to this wonderful community for pulling together and making it a huge success.

From the beginning stages of planning with our amazing district committee to planning with the staff at Mountain View High School and coordinating with literally hundreds of parent and middle and high school volunteers – and the professionals at LASD who went beyond the call of duty to support the event – we tip our hats to you. And especially to our student athletes, who demonstrated sportsmanship and the finest Olympic spirit, we congratulate you.

This "only in Los Altos" event is truly unique. At times it seems impossible and frustrating, but it is so worth every ounce of stress, sweat and perseverance. We are proud to be part of a community that cares so much for our kids that we continue to do it every year. "Personal Best" is our athletes' motto, the theme of our committee and, we believe, a reflection of Los Altos as a whole.

Beth Levy and Pat Kapp

Co-chairwomen

Junior Olympics 2009

Peace Study courses needed?

It is imperative to have Peace Study courses in our schools and to replace violent sports like football, boxing and wrestling with lifetime sports such as swimming, golf, baseball or social dancing. James Michener's book "Sports in America" is a great reference.

In today's world, Peace Studies should be the No. 1 requirement. All the Ph.D.s in the world will not matter if we do not survive as a species. Someone said you could have a dozen doctorates and still flunk life.

One must do more than pray for peace – one must work for peace. Including Peace Studies and Education for Peace is vital for the survival of humanity.

Virginia Bates

Los Altos

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