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Burglary bump in LAH alarms residents and Sheriff's Office

Los Altos Hills has recorded fewer burglaries than the national and state averages over the past decade, but this year the number of breaking-and-entering crimes has spiked.

Since July 1, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has recorded 14 resid...

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Schools

Community support pays dividends

Community support pays dividends


As a recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine revealed, getting low-income students into college is not enough to close the achievement/income gap. The percentage of low-income students entering college who actually earn a degree lags far ...

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Community

War veteran to visit D.C. memorial on Honor Flight

War veteran to visit D.C. memorial on Honor Flight


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos resident and World War II vet Earl Pampeyan is preparing for an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., next month.

Los Altos resident Earl Pampeyan is scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C., next month to vis...

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Sports

Making a splash

Making a splash


Courtesy of Clarke Weatherspoon
Stanford Water Polo Club’s under-14 boys team earned the bronze medal at the Junior Olympics. Front row, from left: Corey Tanis, Larsen Weigle, Nathan Puentes, Walker Seymour, Alan Viollier and Jayden Kunwar. B...

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Whom can you trust?: Haugh About That?

Waving my pink poodle skirt with all the fervor of a matador preparing to tease a raging bull, I blinked my 20-year-old eyes and gave a come-hither look to indicate, “I’m ready!” Little did I know that the blind trust I had in this ...

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Special Sections

Getting right by eating right: PAMF doctor's book addresses South Asian health risks

Getting right by eating right: PAMF doctor's book addresses South Asian health risks


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Ronesh Sinha, a physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, promotes healthful living among the South Asian population. His new book, “The South Asian Health Solution,” includes nutritious recipes.

When you think o...

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Business

From Google to First Street: Massage therapist sets up studio in downtown Los Altos

From Google to First Street: Massage therapist sets up studio in downtown Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Upuia Ahkiong is slated to open Kua Body Studios next month at 106 First St. Ahkiong is sharing space with Evolve Classical Pilates.

A massage therapist with ties to Google Inc. is slated to open a new – and shared...

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Books

"Jack London" chronicles author's adventurous life


Much has been written about American author Jack London, primarily known for his early-20th-century Western adventure novels, including the classics “White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild.”

In Earle Labor’s biography of the literary icon, “Jac...

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People

TIMOTHY WARREN WATSON (TIM)

TIMOTHY WARREN WATSON (TIM)

Born June 2, 1935, died peacefully on August 11, at home in Mountain View, surrounded by his family. He died of complications of Parkinson’s Disease after a courageous 15-year battle.

Tim was the beloved husband of 55 years to his college sweethea...

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Travel

Bergama bound: A visit to newest World Heritage site

Bergama bound: A visit to newest World Heritage site


Photo Eren GÖknar/ Special to the Town Crier
The amphitheater in Turkey’s ancient city of Pergamon, now known as Bergama, overlooks the Bakirçay River valley, left. The city’s ruins also include the Temple of Trajan.

It was 90 F during t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks offers 'Spoonful' of drama beginning this week

TheatreWorks offers 'Spoonful' of drama beginning this week


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Three strangers – “Chutes & Ladders” (Anthony J. Haney, left), Odessa (Zilah Mendoza, center) and “Orangutan” (Anna Ishida, right) – come together in an online support group in TheatreWorks’ regional premie...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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VIVIAN BERNICE STRUVEN PACE


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December 1, 1911-

September 5, 2012

Vivian Pace, a long-time resident of Los Altos, passed away on September 5, 2012.

Vivian was born December 1, 1911, and was raised in the Mission District of San Francisco by Frederick and Clementina Struven. She was a 4th generation Californian. Vivian was a star athlete and graduated from Mission High School in 1929 and went on to attend San Francisco State University (then San Francisco State Teacher’s College).

Her grandparents’ home in San Jose stood on the site of what is now the Center for Performing Arts. Vivian saw many changes between San Francisco and San Jose where each of her grandparents lived and she spent much time. She was a descendant of the Murphy family, early California pioneers, who settled Murphy Station, now called Sunnyvale. She often told her grandchildren stories of the history of the Santa Clara Valley and its sea of white blossoms and its beauty. She remembered the large canneries, riding around the valley in a buggy with her grandfather, checking on the family orchards, and enjoying her fill of prunes and apricots. Vivian’s parents were in the furniture business in San Francisco from 1906 to 1954. Her father, Fred, founded Struven Furniture Company at 16th and Valencia after the 1906 earthquake.

Vivian loved community service and civic engagement. She was a past Queen of Job’s Daughters, and past Matron of Eastern Star with the Peninsula Chapter in Burlingame. She drove a forklift during World War II. She served as Brownie and Scout leader for not only her own daughters, but also for one of her granddaughters. Vivian was active in two PTAs, in which she received an honorary Life Membership. She learned to snow ski at age 59, she rode on her grandson-in-law’s motorcycle when she was in her 80s, and attended California history and exercise classes at Foothill College and Cubberley Community Center into her 90s. She was a member of Welcome Wagon and Garden House Seniors of Los Altos. She was a volunteer at St. Simon’s School for many years. She drove until her 98th birthday. Vivian enjoyed a full 100 years and maintained her independence until the end.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband and life-long love, Rear Admiral James R. Pace, USN. They lived in many places, including TsingTao, China, and raised their family in Burlingame. Vivian is survived by 3 daughters: Carol Covarrubias of Folsom, Margo McKay of Arlington VA, and Jamie Reynolds of Los Altos; 6 grandchildren: Michael and Bryant Scofield, Eileen Mack, Daniel Farren, Lisa Lavering, and Stephanie Flores; 13 great-grandchildren, and her beloved Schnauzer, Morgen.

She will be buried with her husband in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in her honor on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 1:00 pm, at Los Altos Lutheran Church, with a reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Vivian’s memory may be made to Canine Companions

for Independence, 2965 Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, or online at www.cci.org.

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