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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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Mtn. View Briefs

New apartments along El Camino in pipeline

Expect more apartment units to pop up along El Camino Real in Mountain View.

Prometheus Real Estate Co. is currently in the public approval process with the city of Mountain View for its second phase of apartments on El Camino Real.

The Mountain View City Council approved the 165-unit first phase, which encompasses the former Tropicana Lodge and Western Appliance sites – approximately 2.5 acres – at 1720 and 1730 W. El Camino Real. Phase 2 includes an adjacent property, 1616 W. El Camino Real, formerly occupied by Austin’s restaurant.

A recently approved affordable housing project at 1581 W. El Camino Real, will feature 26 units for the “high-functioning, developmentally disabled,” according to city planner Randy Tsuda.

The site, approximately 300 feet southeast of Rich Avenue, is being developed in partnership with First Community Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Rental rates for the units will be affordable to “extremely low” and “very low-income” residents. The council committed $4.65 million to the project.

MV library hosts 3D printing forum

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled a 3D Printing Open House 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 19.

Presenters Brook Drumm from Printrbot, Roy Worthington from Octave and representatives from Tech Shop San Jose will discuss 3D printing, how it is evolving and its impact on the landscape of manufacturing and society at large. After the discussion, vendors and entrepreneurs will offer demonstrations of 3D printers and 3D software.

The library is located at 585 Franklin St.

For more information, visit www.mountainview.gov/library.

KMVT elects Carpenter to board of directors

Los Altos City Councilwoman Val Carpenter is among six new members elected to serve on the Mountain View-based KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media Board of Directors.

The nonprofit KMVT Community Television provides local television and Internet programming, multimedia training and professional video production services to Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino.

For more information, call 968-1540, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kmvt15.org.

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