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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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Mitty runs past St. Francis

Friday’s high school football matchup between St. Francis and Mitty came down to the Lancers’ passing attack versus the Monarchs’ ground game, and the run won.

Mitty rushed for 338 yards in a 35-21 victory over host St. Francis, which passed for 232 yards.

“We knew they were going to load up to stop the run, so our plan was to pass,” Lancers coach Nick Navarro said. “Their plan was to run, and they did a good job.”

The Monarchs rushed for all five of their touchdowns, four in the first half to lead 28-14 at intermission.

The Lancers’ three touchdowns came on passes by Mike Lauck, who completed 22 of his 41 attempts in the West Catholic Athletic League contest. And those numbers could have been even better.

“We missed a couple of key catches,” said Navarro, whose team dropped to 3-3 in league and 4-5 overall. “There were three or four catchable balls to the wide outs that would have been first downs.”

With little room to run – the Lancers rushed for only 69 yards on 20 carries – St. Francis needed every catch it could get against a Mitty team (4-2 league, 7-2 overall) that has two shutouts this season.

St. Francis receiver Charlie Clark caught nine passes for 124 yards – both season highs – including a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

“Charlie had a great game,” Navarro said. “He stepped up and did a phenomenal job.”

Fellow receiver Austin Woodard scored the Lancers’ initial touchdown, a 13-yard strike from Lauck that capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Patrick Fordham’s extra point evened the game at 7 with 2:42 left in the quarter.

The teams traded scores again midway through second quarter – with Clarke’s catch coming at the 5:19 mark – but the Monarchs pulled away before halftime. Halfback Chandler Ramirez, on the way to a 121-yard night, rushed for touchdowns of 28 and 3 yards.

After a scoreless third quarter, halfback Alex Andrighetto caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lauck on fourth down with 1:36 to play. Fordham’s kick cut the Lancers’ deficit to seven.

Unable to recover the onside kick, St. Francis relied on the defense to get the ball back – and it nearly did. The Lancers hit quarterback Wyatt Hansen, forcing a fumble, but running back Kyle Evans scooped up the ball and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.

“It didn’t turn out like we had hoped, but we fought hard in all aspects of the game,” Navarro said. “We always tell the kids, ‘We’ve got 24 hours to be upset and deal with it, and then let’s move on.’ It doesn’t get any easier next week with Serra.”

St. Francis is scheduled to visit Serra (5-1, 8-1) 1 p.m. Saturday.

Panthers prevail

Pinewood capped its eight-man football season with a 58-28 win at Stuart Hall, guaranteeing the Panthers second place in the Mission Trail Athletic League.

Pinewood’s Kevin Tracy threw for 188 yards and four touchdowns – two of them to halfback Owen Lewis, who also rushed for a pair of scores Saturday.

The Panthers (5-1) led 38-28 at halftime.

Eagles fall again

Los Altos didn’t have much to celebrate on homecoming, blanked 49-0 by Fremont Friday night at Foothill College.

The Eagles slumped to 0-5 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 0-9 overall.

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