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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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Foothill Covenant increases visibility with facilities renovation


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Pastor Hans-Erik Nelson opens the new handcrafted wood doors, accented by stained glass panels, to welcome all to Foothill Covenant Church. Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier

When Pastor Hans-Erik Nelson first came to Foothill Covenant Church in fall 2011, one of his first meetings dealt with growing the congregation. It seemed part of the problem was the appearance of the Los Altos church’s facilities and grounds.

A parishioner at that meeting commented, “No one even knows the church is here. They can’t see it.”

“It doesn’t look like a church behind all the bushes and fences,” said another.

So Nelson and the other church leaders are doing something about it. Utilizing a $200,000 reserve fund, the church is in the middle of an extensive facilities and grounds renovation to increase visibility – both literally and figuratively.

A big part of the plan was addressing the unintentional camouflage of the 50-year-old site, brought on by overgrown trees and facilities than had weathered and darkened with age.

The trees along Oak Avenue, planted for shade, had grown and spread until they obscured much of the view of the Church grounds for passersby whether walking or driving. The weathered wooden fence that protected the children’s playground resembles a dreary cage rather than a cheerful play area.

The buildings at the corner, originally the parsonage, now a residence for returning missionaries, blended into the neighborhood but hid the heart of the property - the church itself is set back on the site.

These issues are changing for the better, thanks to the work of a facility upgrade team led by Bob Matthews and Stan Ecklund. The key objective was to “let the sunshine in,” they said, to communicate their open and welcoming community.

The rejuvenation efforts are already clearly visible. If you are walking or driving by Foothill Covenant along Oak, look past the “Pardon Our Dust!” notice and you will see obvious improvements.

The Ladies Lounge better accommodates young families with comfortable chairs for relaxation and privacy for mothers who are breast-feeding. A matching changing-table makes necessary diaper changes easy on the back. The Sunday School area is bright and colorful, filled with toys and activities.

Nelson and his united parish invite the community to view the transformation as it takes place and to step in and enjoy the new ambiance. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m.

Foothill Covenant Church is located at 1555 Oak Ave. For more information, visit foothillcov.org.

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