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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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Health Briefs

RoadRunners seeks volunteer drivers

RoadRunners, a transportation service funded by the El Camino Healthcare District’s Community Benefit program, seeks volunteer drivers to meet increased demand.

The Mountain View-based organization, which has served the district since 1985, provides door-to-door transportation via El Camino Hospital RoadRunners cars for local seniors with medical, dental or other health-related appointments, as well as personal errands such as trips to the beauty salon or grocery store.

Volunteers must have a California driver’s license, a clean driving record, patience and reliability, and availability to donate at least a half-day of their time once a week. Scheduling is flexible, and orientation and training are provided. Volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the hospital’s education department.

For more information, call 940-7016.

ECH sponsors eating disorders groups

The Eating Disorders Resource Center hosts a free, local support group for family and friends directly or indirectly affected by an eating disorder 9:30-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in El Camino Hospital’s Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The center also sponsors a support group for eating disorder sufferers 9:30-11 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at the same location.

For more information, call (408) 356-1212 or visit www.edrcsv.org.

Hospital district gets new name

The El Camino Hospital District changed its name to the El Camino Healthcare District, effective June 5. The district also unveiled a new brand identity, including a logo and website.

District officials said they opted for the change to emphasize a greater focus on community health and wellness. The renaming aims to improve transparency and demonstrate the separate functions of the district and El Camino Hospital, officials added.

“As we strategically shift our approach to meeting the community’s health needs and place a greater focus on wellness, renaming the district better encapsulates the breadth and depth of health services and education that will keep our community well,” said John Zog- lin, chairman of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors. “Renaming the district also provides additional clarity around the separate and distinct roles of the district and the hospital.”

The resolution passed unanimously during a recent district board meeting and was verified shortly thereafter by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

For more information, visit www.ElCaminoHealthcareDistrict.org.

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