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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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ROBERT GAYLE SHRIVER

Robert Gayle Shriver, 60 yr resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home on January 29, 2013. He was just one week shy of 96. Beloved father of four, Bob is survived by his children: Carol Dulleck (Dean), Joan Vennetti (Richard), Mary Ota (Ken) and Bob, Jr. (Jean), as well as 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Born Feb. 5, 1917 in Freedom, PA, Bob, as he was known to family and friends, attended the University of Pittsburgh as an engineering major, where he met and married Anna Maryetta MacKenzie. Married nearly 70 years, his beloved wife passed away in March of 2010.

Bob was employed by Westinghouse, initially in Pittsburgh, PA. Having decided he enjoyed the bay area its climate after spending the better part of a year on a project in Berkeley, Bob transferred to the company’s Sunnyvale location. His business travels took him to Europe and Japan, and he loved sharing stories of his experiences. His accomplishments were many, and he retired in 1980 as Operations Manager after 41 years of service to Westinghouse.

Bob was an avid follower of both Stanford and Pitt football. In earlier years, he liked fishing, and watching the sport of boxing.

Enjoying an early retirement at 63, Bob and Maryetta traveled extensively both within the United States and Europe. They delighted in crisscrossing the U.S. by car to visit friends and family. They also loved exploring England and other parts of the UK, as well as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.

Bob had a passion for building things, and found relaxation in tinkering under the hood of a car. Weekends and summers found him and the family up at one of the 3 mountain homes in Calaveras County which he designed and built over the years. He also enjoyed woodworking and was always building a mantel, desk, etc for one of his children. His many projects around his residence led his children to call him “Mr. Winchester”, from his adding on to the house, remodeling the kitchen, and the patio room addition where all enjoyed many family dinners in the summertime.

Active member in the congregation at Christ Church of Los Altos, Bob served on the Vestry for a number of years, and was often an usher. Services were held there Feb. 7, 2013. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

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