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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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LA girls win two, tie rivals in soccer

What a week for the Los Altos High girls soccer team. The Eagles opened it by clipping Saratoga 1-0, capped it with a 2-0 win over Monta Vista and tied rival Mountain View 2-all in between.

Los Altos improved to 2-0-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 4-1-2 overall.

Julia Goupil’s first-half penalty kick beat Saratoga Jan. 7. Sophia Hyver scored on a header Friday against Monta Vista (assist Allie Crum) and her deflected shot earlier in the game led to a goal by Tess Wendelken. Crum and Stephanie Kouvelas tallied first-half goals versus Mountain View Jan. 9. The Spartans scored in the second half on shots by Dana Camin and Ysabel Balyuot (assists Erica Higa).

“We ended the game outshooting LA 15-6, but LA played a strong game and made it difficult for us,” Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov said.

Pinewood capped a three-win week by routing Eastside Prep 6-0 Saturday. Kelly Branson scored twice for Pinewood (5-0 West Bay Athletic League, 6-3-1 overall).

St. Francis shut out Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Saturday in West Catholic Athletic League play. Annie Kingman and Katherine Bell paced the Lancers with three and two goals, respectively.

Boys soccer

Los Altos eked out a 2-1 De Anza Division win over Mountain View Jan. 9. Josh Stephens scored the Eagles’ first goal and assisted on the second, a shot by Kunal Patel with 10 minutes left. Keenan Zucker scored for the Spartans.

“It was a very good game, back and forth,” Mountain View coach Jim McGuirk said. “Los Altos is big and strong and played a great game.”

Boys basketball

Pinewood snapped a five-game losing streak by drubbing Crystal Springs 78-37 Friday behind 14 points from Greg Naumann. Owen Lewis and Kyle Murphy scored 13 each for the Panthers (1-3 WBAL, 6-6 overall).

Mountain View rallied in the fourth quarter to edge Milpitas 47-46 Jan. 8. Brian Kaestner totaled 22 points and Nick Wang 17 for the Spartans (2-1 De Anza Division, 7-7 overall).

Girls basketball

St. Francis topped Sacred Heart Cathedral 44-40 Saturday, getting 15 points from Shelbi Aimonetti and 11 from Kate Hoey.

The Lancers improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 12-4 overall.

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