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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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Transactions

Los Altos

344 Alvarado Avenue, Rogers Trust to A. Middleton for $1,425,000

1925 Deodara Drive, Chokhawala Trust to G. Kachhawa for $1,625,000

576 Deodara Drive, E. & E. Martin to D. Dang for $1,535,000

1474 Frontero Avenue, W. Reach to Pletcher Trust for $1,810,000

1731 Lantis Lane, F. Hernandez to B. Tully for $1,595,000

1710 Miller Avenue, S. Sharma to Denardi Group for $1,330,000

779 Orange Avenue, S. & H. Carter to J. Lo for $2,445,000

872 Santa Rita Avenue, Clarum Innovative Homes to Z. & K. Aronowitz for $3,850,000

986 Seena Avenue, F. Tang to N. & T. Britz for $1,550,000

Mountain View

217 Ada Avenue #9, D. Cassarino to E. Worley for $590,000

114 East Middlefield Road #A, R. Golden to D. Wang for $435,000

280 Easy Street #407, K. Conner to S. Songy for $425,000

2448 Elka Avenue, J. Murphy to C. & T. Sheckley for $1,175,000

809 Emily Drive, S. & K. Pehrson to J. Brown for $765,000

122 Flynn Avenue #B, J. & A. Berry to Y. Su for $530,000

245 Loreto Street, Miner Trust to R. Pasetto for $1,280,000

2080 Marich Way #24, Tsai Trust to J. Kalyanasundharam for $1,110,000

85 Mercy Street, G. & M. Armanini to J. Katine for $1,501,000

261 O’Keefe Way, G. Johnson to N. Mandagere for $770,000

111 Oak Haven Place, Padgett Trust to Y. Lin for $1,510,000

2255 Showers Drive #252, A. Alunni to D. Clark for $595,000

2255 Showers Drive #394, Ho Trust to B. & L. Kim for $664,000

500 West Middlefield Road #4, M. & R. Saravia to V. Srivastava for $530,000

905 West Middlefield Road #968, D. Park to M. Kroha for $635,000

467 Whisman Park Drive, J. & S. Hsu to C. Yarakaraju for $1,000,000

1046 Wright Avenue #H, M. Howard to D. Grinberg for $595,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 9

Highest sale: $3,850,000

Lowest sale: $1,330,000

Average sale: $1,907,222

Mountain View

Total sales: 17

Highest sale: $1,510,000

Lowest sale: $425,000

Average sale: $830,000

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