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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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MVHS French students take home national honors


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presents awards to the Mountain View High School students who competed in “Le Grand Concours.” Pictured, from left, are Jason Gravett, Charleen Wang, Sophia Karolczak, Sheila Steine, Alaisha Sharma and Groves.

More than 200 Mountain View High School students studying French participated in “Le Grand Concours,” a national contest that pits French students against each other in listening, reading and structures skills.

Marie Thuillier and Clotilde Grès, French teachers at Mountain View High, said they were thrilled with the experience and the results. This year, only students enrolled in French levels 2 through 5 Honors participated. The teachers said they hope all levels will participate next year.

Students who achieved the highest scores received medals and certificates of recognition last month. Alaisha Sharma, who takes level 2 French, earned a perfect score and ranked first nationally. Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presented Sharma with a gold medal and plaque for her achievement.

James Hulett and Ryan Tawbi received bronze medals with the highest score for level 3; Karina Fong-Hirschfelder earned a silver medal for level 4AP, ranking third nationally; and Justine Fanget recorded the highest score for level 5 Honors. Students in levels 2-4 received a total of 21 bronze medals.

When presenting the awards, Groves reminded students of the importance of learning a language in today’s world and encouraged them to remember that communication is more important than verb conjugations.

“I believe that learning multiple languages is an essential skill for the 21st century,” Groves said. “I am delighted that so many of our students are enrolled in world languages and excelling.”

Donations from parents, the Parent Teacher Student Association and the MVLA district fund students’ participation in the national contests in French and Spanish.

The American Association of Teachers of French sponsors “Le Grand Concours.”

“As the president of the Northern California AATF chapter, I am really proud to have our students participate in this contest, and I thank our parents for their generous donations,” Grès said.

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