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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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Heavy medal: Four St. Francis High athletes return from state as medalists

For Ben Sitler, the boys 3,200-meter run at the state track and field championships came down to class.

Dragging with about 300 yards to go and in jeopardy of falling to fourth place, the St. Francis High senior found his motivation.

"I saw Mikel Thomas coming up and I realized he was a junior," Sitler said. "So I kicked hard and beat him."

Sitler held on for third place, finishing Saturday's race in 9 minutes, 2.56 seconds. Thomas of Clovis High came in two seconds later.

The only junior Sitler couldn't beat was Royal's Michael Cybulski, the winner with an 8:53.77. El Camino senior AJ Acosta took second with an 8:59.15.

"If I kicked earlier, I might have beaten AJ," Sitler said.

Although nine seconds off his top time, Sitler said he was "pretty happy with it." The muggy conditions at Cerritos College in Orange County made it difficult for everyone, according to Sitler, noting that no one ran their best.

"It was hot and kind of windy," he said. "With the field we had - with a little better conditions - we could have had a really good day."

Princeton-bound Sitler said he was in "the chase pack" for much of the race, first following West Covina's Diego Mercado. But Mercado had to drop out on the fifth lap after twisting his ankle.

Cybulski took the lead, with

Sitler and Acosta following at an almost even pace. The heat got to Sitler with two laps left ("I was really feeling it," he said) and the Los Altos resident fell back until he was challenged by Thomas.

Sitler, who won the 3,200 and 1,600 at the Central Coast Section meet the previous week, has one more race to run. He has qualified for this weekend's Golden West Invitational in Folsom.

Sitler will have familiar company at the meet, just as he did at state. St. Francis sent eight other athletes to Southern California.

Junior Natasha Barthel placed second in the girls pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches. Fellow Lancer Taylor Franklin, a senior, came in seventh (11-9).

Junior Casey Roche was third in the boys pole vault with a 16-5, besting his CCS-winning mark by 3 inches. Teammate Ben Sheehan also made the finals of the event, but the senior no-heighted.

Senior Kyle Mills-Bunje was third in the long jump (23-8 3/4), helping the St. Francis boys finish eighth as a team (18 points).

St. Francis' other competitors did not get past Friday's preliminaries. Sela Paini was 15th in the girls discus (122-10); junior Andy Vargas (53-5 1/2) and senior David Wernick (51-2 3/4) were 15th and 20th, respectively, in the boys shot put; senior Sam Pompei was 16th in the boys 800 run (1:55.66); and sophomore Omar Bourgoub took 17th in the boys high jump (6-3).

The Lancers also had a team in the girls 4x400 relay, which finished 17th in the preliminaries (3:59.74). Los Altos High finished 19th (4:01.08) in that race.

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