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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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Schools Briefs

MVLA sponsors parent education event

The Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series has scheduled Larry Rosen to discuss “Parenting the iGeneration and Generation C: Why Our Kids Love Technology, and What It Is Doing to Their Brains” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8 in Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

Rosen, professor and past chairman of the psychology department at Cal State Dominguez Hills, is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development and educational psychology.

His presentation will include information on what students are doing with media and technology, how multitasking impacts their brains and sleep and parenting tips for dealing with children’s “media diet.”

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation and the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council co-sponsor the event.

Admission is free, but event registration is requested. To register, visit larryrosen.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit www.ptac.mvwsd.org/parented.html.

Family concerts benefit MV nursery school

Grammy Award-nominated children’s singer/songwriter Justin Roberts and his Not Ready for Naptime Players are scheduled to perform family concerts 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

Tickets are available for $14 online at www.mvpns.org/calendar or for $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Mountain View Parent Nursery School.

For more information, visit mvpns.roundtablelive.org.

Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

The program reaches all grade levels within the district and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies. A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside and outside the classroom.

Training and materials are provided.

For more information, call program director Mike Sanderson at 947-1103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local high schools seek college-prep mentors

MVLA Community Scholars is recruiting additional members for its College Prep Mentoring program. The program pairs AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) seniors at the schools with mentors who shepherd them through the college application process.

AVID’s goal is to prepare students for college and success in their future. The students typically come from low-income, immigrant families and are the first in their families to attend college. There are currently 54 AVID students enrolled in the two high schools.

Mentors are asked to help one or two students develop a college list, complete college applications, edit his/her college essays and apply for scholarships and financial aid.

Mentors meet with their students once a week throughout the school year during an AVID class period. The schools’ AVID teachers, College and Career counselors and the MVLA Scholars Program support the mentors throughout the process. Mentors must be committed for the entire school year.

Los Altos High mentors are scheduled to meet 8-9 a.m. Fridays. Mountain View High mentors will meet 8:50-9:50 a.m. Wednesdays.

No prior experience is necessary. There will be training available throughout the year.

For more information or to sign up, email Dee Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Tornow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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