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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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St. Francis/Bellarmine Football

Whenever St. Francis and Bellarmine meet on the gridiron, you can pretty much expect a low-scoring affair with plenty at stake between the two teams that get along as well as Republicans and Democrats.

Last Friday night was no exception, as a crowd of 8,000 fans filled Fisher Field to celebrate St. Francis' 40th anniversary and witness the top two teams in the Central Coast Section do battle for control of the West Catholic Athletic League.

Executing an eight-minute scoring drive in the second half, Bellarmine squeezed out a memorable 14-7 win over St. Francis to the end the Lancers' 23-game WCAL win streak and in all probability give the Bells the league title.

Bellarmine's ability to contain the Lancers' potent running attack with various defensive schemes propelled the Bells to its first victory over St. Francis since 1991.

St. Francis (3-1 league, 7-2 overall) opened the game in impressive fashion by marching 52 yards in nine plays, culminating on quarterback John Gall's 1-yard touchdown sneak for a 7-0 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter. Charles Tharp gained 43 yards on the drive with four carries.

Bellarmine (3-0, 7-0) countered on its second possession to tie the game at 7-7. The 72-yard drive featured a 41-yard pass completion and ended on a Tim Foley 2-yard plunge with 11:06 remaining in the half.

Despite a 7-7 halftime score, the Lancers did not attempt a pass in the first half and were held to just 16 yards in 10 plays following their opening scoring drive.

With the Lancers struggling offensively, Bellarmine put together a series of plays in the second half that may forever be known to Bells fans as "The March."

The Bells took their second possession of the half and marched 81 yards in 15 plays - consuming a whopping 7:52 - to take a 14-7 lead on Blake Elliott's 1-yard run with 10:54 remaining in the game.

Bellarmine converted three third-down attempts on the drive with a variety of runs and short to medium passes.

St. Francis' final opportunity to pull even began at its own 3-yard line with 2:39 to play.

The Lancers converted a crucial third and 15 when Gall connected with Tharp for 32 yards to their 40 with a minute left. Following a 17-yard run by Gall and a 3-yard completion to Tim Cross, St. Francis called a timeout with 33 seconds remaining and the ball at the Bells' 40.

With the capacity crowd on its feet, Gall again hooked up with Tharp for a 24-yard gain. But Tharp was stripped of the ball at the Bellarmine 16-yard line, and the Bells recovered the loose ball to preserve victory.

Bellarmine outgained the Lancers in total yards 242-167. Tharp led the Lancers with 65 yards rushing on 11 carries; Gall completed four of seven passes for 66 yards.

There is a good chance St. Francis and Bellarmine will meet again in the CCS playoffs, where they have met seven times since 1979 with the Lancers winning four.

Bellarmine............0 7 0 7 - 14

St. Francis.............7 0 0 0 - 7

SF - Gall 1 run (Beall kick)

B - Foley 2 run (Hege kick)

B - Elliott 1 run (Hege kick)

Attendance - 8,000.

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