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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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Renovated therapeutic pool reopens in Palo Alto

A warm-water, wheelchair-accessible therapeutic pool located at 3864 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto has been a critical alternative health-care and exercise resource for thousands of Bay Area residents. Clients old and young attest to the benefits of warm-water exercise and therapy as well as the expertise of the Community Association for Rehabilitation Inc. staff. For seniors, many of them stroke victims, the center offers effective and innovative services.

"The pool renovation at the Betty Wright Swim Center in Palo Alto is wonderful," said Los Altos resident Kimberly McIntyre, whose 2-year-old daughter uses the therapeutic pool operated by the center.

"The pool has had a complete makeover, locker rooms have been painted and a few other upgrades have been made," McIntyre said. "It's a joy to be at a swim center that is clean and new. It's a great place for swim therapy."

John Stidd of Los Altos began using the therapeutic pool after a stroke. He said, "I work with an individual instructor and I like it. Medical centers should direct more people there."

Founded by disability advocate and recognized aquatic innovator Betty Wright, the center first opened to the public in 1967. The pool has remained true to the founder's vision to serve people with disabilities or anyone who can benefit from the therapeutic effects of warm water.

The association celebrated the reopening Jan. 29 and showcased the pool's new state-of-the-art fiberglass shell, a luxury historically restricted to high-end hotels and resorts.

The fiberglass shell will ensure higher water quality and require less maintenance and fewer chemicals than the traditional concrete shell.

The reception area has also been renovated to better accommodate wheelchairs, and the walls are painted in tranquil tan and blue colors to create a calm environment.

By providing innovative aquatic services through the donations and volunteer hours of community members, the Betty Wright Swim Center has remained open to the public, while many similar therapeutic pools throughout California have had to close.

Donations from the Eva and Andy Grove Foundation and local philanthropists finance in-staff training, scholarships and operational expenses to help keep this community resource available.

"It is truly the coming together of community resources, solutions and optimism that enables the Betty Wright Swim Center to continue to flourish," said Renate Olaisen, director of the center since March.

Subsidized aquatic therapy for children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism and other neurological disabilities, as well as physical therapy, aquatics personal training, open swim and inclusive swim lessons for people of all ages and ability levels are also offered.

The swim center is open year-round, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; open swim 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Physical therapy and personal training require reservations.

The Betty Wright Swim Center is located at 525 Charleston Ave., Palo Alto. For more information, call 494-1480 or visit www.c-a-r.org.

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