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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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PetReady! program advises animal owners

The Pet Ready! Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness for Animal Lovers Program is scheduled Saturday at Foothill College. The program teaches pet owners emergency preparedness for animals.

In addition to campus tours, the event will include a bandaging demonstration conducted by veterinary professionals and emergency experts and a canine search-and-rescue operation demonstrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Adobe Animal Hospital practice manager Summer Holmstrand encouraged families to attend the event.

“It’s great for all ages,” she said. “It gives (kids and other participants) something they can control when the circumstances may be scary.”

Holmstrand advises pet owners to keep at least four days’ supplies stockpiled in an accessible home location for emergencies,

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, local veterinarian technicians including Carol Schumacher, owner of Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, successfully lobbied the state of California to require animal rescue as part of all state disaster planning.

“Animals are part of our families, and people will put their lives at risk to rescue their animals,” Schumacher said.

Schumacher teaches preparedness to registered veterinarian technicians and is dedicated to securing an animal shelter location for residents in the northern areas of Santa Clara County. She noted that studies show that many New Orleans residents stayed behind as the hurricane approached because they didn’t want to abandon their pets as they retreated to shelters and evacuation locations that didn’t allow animals.

Schumacher plans to participate in this weekend’s Pet Ready! program to help pet owners take the first steps toward being prepared.

“We really have to consider what we’re going to do when the big one hits,” she said.

The Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America hosts the event with the support of Adobe Animal Hospital, Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District.

The Pet Ready! program is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterinary Technology Lab, Building 8500-8700, Room 8507, at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Admission is free, as is parking for the first 50 people who reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

To register or for more information, visit midpen.com/petready.

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