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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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National Night Out slated Tuesday


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Los Altos Police Officer Julie Ognoskie and K-9 Lord participate in last year’s National Night Out.

Numerous Los Altos residents will take to the streets Tuesday to fight crime – by throwing neighborhood block parties.

According to Josh Cottrell, Los Altos Police Department community services officer, at least 15 registered events are scheduled to mark the city’s 30th annual National Night Out. The national anticrime program aims to spread awareness, build community and strengthen relationships between residents and law enforcement. More than 1 million people in 9,700 communities in all 50 states participated last year.

“This is a great event for community building,” said Cottrell, who noted that this year’s tally of Los Altos neighborhood events is up slightly from last year’s, when residents collectively hosted 12 neighborhood parties. “In many cases, people meet with the police on some of the worst days of their lives. In this case, however, it’s a collaboration to fight crime.”

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis noted that National Night Out enables residents to become more familiar with individual officers and learn how to establish neighborhood watch networks. The most common neighborhood events include potlucks, ice cream socials, barbecues and swim parties.

“The community is more likely to engage us if they know us on a more personal level,” Younis said. “National Night Out is the pinnacle of what we want to achieve as a community policing program.”

The chief explained that the department’s 30-plus sworn officers, dispatchers and administrative personnel will visit the various neighborhood events, introducing themselves to residents and addressing any questions to establish rapport. The goal, he said, is to build a community that serves as a willing partner in reporting crimes.

“We’re fortunate that we have a strong relationship with the public,” Younis said. “They’re the first ones to call when they see something suspicious, which is why we’re such a safe community. (National Night Out) just emphasizes those relationships.”

Younis added that the event also offers children an opportunity to meet and learn more about their local police department.

“(Children) need to know that officers are there to assist and protect them,” he said. “When we’re out of our patrol cars and we’re having some ice cream (at National Night Out) with them, they start to look at us in a completely different light.”

Younis said the city has eliminated its block-party permit fee, typically waived for the event, in an effort to encourage more residents to host events that build community and to participate in events such as National Night Out. Despite the fee waiver, residents are still required to file a permit application with the police department.

The registration deadline to host a National Night Out event has been extended to Monday for those interested in organizing a neighborhood event.

For information on hosting a National Night Out event, email Cottrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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