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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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Food Briefs

New restaurant pairs fast food with flourishes

The Mountain View burger joint The Counter is assembling dishes to order at 2580 W. El Camino Real in the new Village at San Antonio Center.

A chain started in Santa Monica in 2003, the restaurant balances a casual, order-at-the-counter style with a lengthy list of upscale burger fixings, including Danish blue cheese, homemade guacamole, sun-dried tomatoes and toppings like roasted garlic aioli and ginger soy glaze.

Customers can order a burger-in-a-bowl, perched atop greens rather than a bun, or choose from a range of breads including ciabatta and English muffin. Beer, wine and cocktails are also on order.

Arrive prepared to pencil in your pick of protein, toppings, sauce and bun on a clipboard, The Counter’s signature menu style.

For more information, visit www.thecounterburger.com.

East Coast-style subs on the menu in MV

Jersey Mike’s Subs starts serving up grilled sandwiches today just down the street from The Counter, at 624 San Antonio Road. A grand-opening free sub fundraiser, scheduled today through July 21, benefits the Community School of Music and Arts. Coupon-holders can get a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the school.

The sandwich chain originated on the Jersey Shore in 1956 and now operates nearly 100 shops around the country, offering fresh-sliced meats and cheese piled on bread baked in-store.

For more information, visit www.jerseymikes.com.

Make sausage at Hidden Villa

Charcuterie chef Quentin Levy is scheduled to demonstrate Beginning Sausage Making using fresh Italian chicken sausage with fennel, anise and spicy pepper flakes 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Hidden Villa’s Duveneck House, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Participants 21 and over can learn how to make their own homemade sausages, including a classic, cured Sopressa salami, featuring pasture-raised organic pork, Tellicherry peppercorns and Utah pink mineral salt. Learn how to pick the healthiest, most sustainably produced and tastiest ingredients, then sample sausage specialties from around the world paired with wine.

Cost is $65 per person.

To register online, visit www.hiddenvilla.org.

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