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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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A day of riveting races


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Delaney Rasmussen, 7, raises the red flag at the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race. Delaney’s mom is a member of the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, which helps organize the event.

While it’s still uncertain exactly how many people took part in the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race – the event organizer’s estimate varied considerably from the race director’s – all agreed that the July 14 fundraiser was a success.

“The weather was perfect for an afternoon of racing,” said organizer Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill’s director of facilities and special projects. “No major injuries and a good turnout, about 300 racers.”

Race director Chris Twiggs – who put the number of participants at 374 – said, “The races were very competitive. Every event from the juniors (boys/girls 10/12) all the way up to our women’s and men’s top races had their own story.”

Of the 12 events held on the 1.09-mile loop course around the Los Altos Hills campus, the Men’s Elite Pro Category 1/2 race “had one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen in a long time,” according to Twiggs. Robert Evans of Scotts Valley overtook San Francisco’s James Enright just before the finish line.

Enright “was doing an early victory celebration,” Twiggs said, when Evans passed him “at the last minute to take first place. It was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time.”

Los Altos resident Matthew Abdalah finished 10th in the race, one of the most competitive of the day. Other local residents who placed among the top 10 in a race: Sara Bird of Los Altos (third, Women’s Category 1/2); Dan Tedford of Mountain View (fourth, Men’s Category 1/2/3, Masters 35-39); Yvonne Walbroehl of Mountain View (ninth, Women’s Category 3); and Thomas Dillon of Los Altos Hills (10th, Men’s Category 3).

Dubbed “The Learning Curve,” the circuit race is a joint effort (Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club) to raise money to construct a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus.

At press time, Davis-Visas was not sure how much money this year’s event raised. But without a major sponsor and having raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, it’s a safe bet Foothill remains a long way from the $700,000 needed to construct the first leg of the path.

“(We’re) hoping to increase spectator participation and community involvement in the future,” Davis-Visas said.


Foothill College Circuit Race - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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