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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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Community Briefs

Students' committee needs volunteers

Many graduate students and scholars temporarily at Stanford University bring family members who lack opportunities to practice their English language skills. They are often left without the resources to meet residents of the local communities.

The Community Committee for International Students, a volunteer organization based at Stanford, sponsors an English-in-Action program to address that problem.

The committee needs adult volunteers to dedicate an hour a week conversing in English with International visitors in an informal setting.

The initial meeting will be held at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford campus. Subsequent meetings can be there or moved off-site depending on the participants.

For information or to volunteer, call 366-1925, 326-5252, or Ruth Bioletti, 941-6125.

'Public Access at Risk'

The local cable program, "AAUW Connections" is presenting "Public Access TV at Risk," an overview of the impending loss of the Access Los Altos television station at Foothill College.

Local volunteers have been producing programs at Foothill since 1985. Campus officials, however, want to use the current space for other needs and will close the station after Dec. 31.

"Public Access TV at Risk" will feature a group of panelists close to the issue, including: former Los Altos Mayor John Moss; Willie Pritchard, dean of learning technologies at Foothill and acting vice chancellor and chief technology officer for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Susanne Elwell, public access specialist for Access Los Altos; Vicki Reeder, a local producer; and Cecilia Keehan, moderator.

Programs are scheduled for 8 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Friday, on Channel 26.

Fashion show benefits non-profits

"Hearts and Flowers," a fashion show and luncheon presented by the Los Altos Federated Woman's Club, will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 3, at Michael's at Shoreline restaurant. Donations are $30, with proceeds going to Los Altos Teen Help Center, Morgan Center and Alzheimer's Association.

For tickets and information, call (408) 252-0265 or (408) 737-2788.

E-mail notification at Los Altos library

The Santa Clara County Library recently began sending notices, such as titles of holds and overdue notices, to patrons via e-mail. To sign up for e-mail notification, patrons should obtain a form at the Los Altos Library reference desk and turn it in at the circulation desk. At the Woodland Library, patrons should ask at the circulation desk. Patrons who sign up will no longer receive such notices through the post office.

Service agency needs volunteers

The Community Services Agency needs volunteers to work one to two hours a week to help provide food to local low-income families and to the homeless. Volunteer work would include the pickup and delivery of donated food from local markets to the agency's Food and Nutrition Center. Weekday morning positions are available.

For more information, call 964-4630.

Los Altos History Museum

Travel in time with the History House Museum to the days of the 1930s. Enjoy docent led tours though our fully furnished home, beautiful gardens, and part of the original apricot orchard still cultivated.

The museum is open to the public noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tour groups may be scheduled by calling at least one month in advance.

For more information, call 964-4467 to reserve a tour.

Daughters workshops

Daughters of the American Revolution hold workshops the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, including the time and place of workshops, call 494-1866.

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