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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24

YAMADA, Masaye Uriu,

Following her husband's death in 1975, Masaye became an enthusiastic amateur photographer, went back to college, and in her late 60s graduated from San Francisco State with a B.A. degree in Japanese language and culture. She was a second mother to many of her fellow students, enjoying photography field trips and their friendship and fellowship. She subsequently tutored students in English as a second language and mentored students from Japan. She studied brush painting, tea ceremony, koto, and Ikebana. She also enjoyed gardening and attending the opera.

Masaye moved to Dallas, Texas in 1995 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. She and her daughter built a house together so that Masaye could live with family. In her last 5 years, Masaye suffered a series of progressive health problems, through which she proved wonderfully resilient, adjusting gracefully to each new setback. Throughout her final months and years, she remained fun-loving and cheerful, sharing much laughter and forming bonds of love and friendship with her excellent caregivers Linda Macias and Carmen Hernandez, and winning the affection of all who came to know her.

Masaye was preceded in death by her husband Paul Yamada, her brother Isamu, and sister Tomiko. She is survived by her son Kenneth, daughter Joyce, her brothers Kiyoto, Masashi, Dale, Stanley, Clarence, her sisters Mitsuko, Fumiko, Haruye, and by numerous nephews and nieces, of whom she was very fond.

The Memorial Service will be at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4243 Manuela Avenue, Palo Alto on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 P.M. Inquiries may be directed to 214-943-5347 or e-mail to: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1440 Mockingbird Lane, Suite #500, Dallas, TX 75247, who provided excellent hospice care for the final 1.5 years of Masaye's life, or to a charity of choice.

THRUSH, Margaret V., 88,

She is survied by her four sons; Todd of New Orleans, LA, Tom of Denver, CO, Tim of Los Altos, CA and Trent of Sunnyvale, CA; her brother John Clark and two sisters Jane Parker and Ann Auskings of Mt. Vernon, OH; two grandsons and several nieces and nephews; her husband, a TWA Captain, Roy Thrush; brothers Ralph and Charles Clark and sister Mildred Ewalt died previously.

Services will be held at Spangler Mortuaries in Los Altos at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 26. Donations can be sent to the United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA 94024.

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