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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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Health Briefs

SMART recovery for area women

The Self Management and Recovery Training offers a women's support group for those recovering from an alcohol or drug problem. Women are welcome to join the Los Altos group that meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Los Altos United Methodist Church in Room 9. The church is located at the corner of Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue. For more information, call (510) 249-9974.

'Dramatic' progress in HIV/AIDS treatment

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents two doctors discussing what they call "dramatic" progress in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDS from 7 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St. (above Urgent Care), Palo Alto.

Drs. Steven Lane and John Boggs will discuss the latest improvements of this disease. For more information, call 853-4808.

Distinguished Speaker Series: 'Chronic pain'

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital presents Dr. Ken Peters speaking on chronic pain from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Older Adult Resource Center, located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive, in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Grocery store tour, heart healthy shopper

The Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid Peninsula presents a grocery store tour for the heart healthy shopper at 9 a.m. this Friday at the Los Altos Safeway located on First Street in downtown Los Altos. Cost of the tour is $10. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 494-1300.

All about Medicare

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a senior talk by insurance expert Connie Corrales from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 28, at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St., Palo Alto. For more information, call 853-2960.

Adjusting to vision loss

The Older Adult Resource Center presents a speaker from the Peninsula Center for the Blind who will be addressing emotional reaction to vision loss and what help is available, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., May 29, at the Older Adult Resource Center. Cost is $3, free to members. The Center is located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Local chiropractor offers health seminars

Carol Irwin, a Los Altos chiropractor at the Spinal Health and Rehabilitation Clinic in the Rancho Shopping Center, presents three seminars, all at 5:30 p.m., during the first two weeks of June. On June 2 she offers, "Coping techniques for reducing stress"; on June 9, "Women and migraines"; and on June 16, "What is pain and how do I get rid of it?"

All are free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-2238.

Two-day class, 55 Alive for seniors

The Older Adult Resource Center presents "55 Alive," a defensive driving program for people over 55. This program, developed by the American Association of Retired Persons, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 and 4 at El Camino Hospital, in the Park Pavilion Rooms L and M, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Cost is $8. For more information, call 988-7622.

PAMF class offered on pediatric asthma

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a class on pediatric asthma beginning June 3. For more information, call 853-2960.

Community blood drive at El Camino Hospital

The Stanford Medical School Blood Center will be holding a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at El Camino Hospital, Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

People must show a photo ID to donate. For an appointment, call 723-7819.

Vital signs: two-sessioncardiovascular assessment

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital offers a two-session cardiovascular health assessment, including a cardiac health report, lipid profile, blood pressure screening and height and weight measurement. This will be held June 10 and 17. Cost is $29. For more information, call 940-7070.

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