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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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New schools chief Bragg named for Cupertino Union School District

William Bragg is the new superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District, the board of trustees announced last Friday. Bragg, a deputy superintendent for instruction in the Oceanside Unified School District, succeeds Patricia Lamson, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of the 15,000-student, K-8 district.

Bragg will join the Cupertino district this coming Monday, April 7.

"Dr. Bragg is the unanimous choice of our board," said president Sandra James in announcing the appointment. "He loves children, is an instructional leader, has extensive classroom teaching and school site leadership experience, and is committed to an inclusive process that involves staff, parents, and the broader community. He has a proven track record of positive leadership in curriculum development, personnel, staff development, facility planning and budget development.

"Our district will continue in good bands. He is a listener, a teacher, a leader - a perfect fit for what is one of the premier school districts in California," James said.

Since Lamson announced her retirement last fall after 30 years in the Cupertino district, the board has conducted an extensive national search and selection process to determine her successor.

Board members received input from staff, parents and the community on personal characteristics and leadership qualifications.

An educator since 1969, Bragg taught grades 1-5 for 12 years in Southern California. He then served as an elementary school principal and assistant superintendent for personnel in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City.

for four years. In l985, he joined the Oceanside School District as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and personnel before assuming his last position.

In his 10 years as deputy superintendent, Bragg has been responsible for all aspects of the instructional program, and was the architect of Oceanside's school-based coordination program to support efforts that have a positive impact on student learning. He also played a pivotal role in the district's school construction program, and administered the successful implementation of middle schools and class size reduction.

Bragg received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his master's degree from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and his doctorate from United States International University, San Diego.

Bragg is the 12th superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District that serves students in Cupertino and portions of Los Altos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale. He and his wife Pam have two grown children in college, a daughter at Pepperdine and a son at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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