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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 ad...

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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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