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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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CHARLES M. ”MICKEY” JONES


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Long-time Los Altos resident Mickey Jones passed away after cardiac arrest on July 7, 2012. He was born in 1923 in Chicago, and spent his childhood in Texas and Colorado. His father Harold (an auto mechanic and inventor) told Mickey he could have a Model T Ford if he could take it apart and put it back together successfully, which he did. After the family moved to California, he attended Vallejo High School in Vallejo, and when the US entered WWII, he joined the Army Air Force. After 4 years of service, he went on to Heald’s Engineering School in San Francisco, and became an airplane mechanic for Transocean Airlines in Oakland. He was called again

for active duty in the Korean War, 1951-52. He met Julia Hanson in the USAF, and they married in 1952. They moved to Seattle where Mickey worked for Boeing Aircraft. In 1955 he took delivery of a brand new Jaguar XK140 roadster, which he drove to work every day, and he and Julie took on rallies, hill climbs, and road races.

In 1960 they moved to Los Altos and both started work at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., in Sunnyvale, where Mickey retired as Senior Design Engineer (Mechanical) in 1989. He was very active for 50 years in the local Jaguar club, and restored his Jaguar in 1991. They exhibited it at many car shows and won several First Place awards. Julie passed away in 2003.

Mickey went on to drive in several California Milles, the 1000-mile road rally that was inspired by the Italian Mille Miglia, put on by the late Martin Swig. Mickey loved animals, especially cats, and was a true gentleman with a sparkle in his blue Irish eyes. After a stroke in 2010, he stayed in Mountain View Healthcare Center, and still enjoyed a good game of poker. Those of us who knew Mickey will miss his upbeat personality, generosity, and quick smile. He is survived by a niece, Anne Fessler, and three nephews, Joe Hochanadel, Mike Hochanadel and Jim Hoke. Charitable donations in his memory may be made to El Camino Hospital Foundation.

There will be a Celebration of Mickey’s Life on Sunday August 5, at 2:00 PM at Main Street Café and Books (where his old car buddies still meet every Saturday morning), 134 Main Street, Los Altos.

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