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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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Community celebrates beloved teacher


Photo By: Photos Courtesy of Alanna Lanman
Photo Photos Courtesy Of Alanna Lanman Sue Prescott-Kavinoky celebrates her retirement with all five of the Lanman boys, whom she taught throughout the years. .

Sue Prescott-Kavinoky said adios to her teaching career last month after 45 years of service.

Former and current students, friends and community members gathered at Estrellita’s Restaurant June 2 to commemorate the veteran teacher’s career, many emphasizing the lasting impact of her instruction beyond the classroom.

Affectionately known as Frau Prescott or Senorita Prescott, Prescott taught German, French and Spanish to Egan Junior High School students – and over the years, their children and their children’s children.

“The lifelong impact Sue has had on thousands of students is remarkable,” said Alanna Lanman, whose five sons had Prescott as a teacher. “Her ability to teach Spanish (German until 1995 and French in the early days) to each and every individual student, while communicating a love for each of her students, earned her respect from every student she has taught.”

Lanman, who helped plan Prescott’s retirement celebration, added that the longtime educator’s teaching style was “remarkable.”

“Sue sets a high standard of discipline mixed with humor and humble confidence,” Lanman said. “She has had incredible success teaching what we all call her ‘Miss Prescott Method’ to five decades of students. It is such a shame she is retiring. Each of my five sons says Sue is absolutely the best teacher he has ever had, even through college.”

More than 350 former students, colleagues and parents packed the restaurant to honor Prescott and her legacy. Another 150 former students couldn’t make the party but sent messages of support and thanks. Students shared memories and made impromptu speeches. At one point, the guests rose in a standing ovation that lasted more than three minutes.

Former students testified to Prescott’s lasting impact.

“Thanks for showing that opportunity is ever present and ours for the taking,” wrote Mike Cardoza of Egan’s Class of 1984, in a letter. “Also, that not judging others is one of the highest forms of respect.”

Cardoza, a self-proclaimed study hall goof-off later studied German, graduated from Georgetown Law School, became a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in Iraq and is now CEO of a financial services firm leading “an enormously happy life.”

“I can still say, after all the great educators I subsequently encountered in high school, at Yale and beyond, that I learned more from you than any other teacher I ever had,” said Fritz Lanman of Egan’s Class of 1995.

Prescott earned respect and admiration from parents as well.

“What a blessing to have two of our children learn Spanish under your command,” said Lee Luca. “You not only taught them the language, but a love for the culture. You also inspired them to work hard and reap the rewards.”

Former student Margaret Lewis made a tribute video for Prescott to celebrate her 40th year of teaching. To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1WWTb81Ctc.

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