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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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Sports on the Side

Nagaraj notches honors

As a finalist for a CIF/Farmers Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, Los Altos Hills resident Eela Nagaraj recently received $2,000. Nagaraj, who graduated from St. Francis High in May, was one of two winners from the Central Coast Section. A boy and girl from each section in the California Interscholastic Federation earned scholarship money for contending for the awards, won by Isabella Bosetti (Justin-Siena High in Napa) and Brandon Miller (La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad). Established in 1982, the awards identify seniors who excel in the classroom and in athletics, and are strong contributors to their schools and communities. Nagaraj was the captain of the St. Francis girls water polo team, which claimed the CCS title last fall. A National Merit Scholarship winner, she volunteered at Kids Read, Westwind Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Pinehill Residential Care Center. Nagaraj is headed to Harvard University, where she plans to play water polo.

Let’s get physicals

Los Altos High’s sports physicals are scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Taylor Physical Therapy, 885 N. San Antonio Road. Participants are required to bring a completed Athletic Enrollment packet and pay $40. For more information, contact athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bike clinic Saturday

The NorCal High School Mountain Bike League has scheduled a free two-day skills clinic for high school riders 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday at Bicycle Outfitter, 963 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. Malcolm Flint, the group’s founder and event organizer, said the first day includes a check of participants’ bikes to make sure they are in working order, an introductory talk about mountain biking and a skills clinic featuring professional rider Will Curtis. The second day is a ride to Arastradero Open Space Preserve in Palo Alto. For more information, visit mvmountainbiketeam.blogspot.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer sign-ups

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The region serves boys and girls in grades K-12 who live in northern Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. AYSO follows six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. To register and for more information, visit ayso43.org.

Swing for a cause

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has scheduled its 18th annual El Camino Heritage Golf Tournament Oct. 21 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. To register and for more information, call Kirsten Krimsley at 988-4189 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches wanted

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for two varsity spring sports: gymnastics and boys tennis. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tennis, anyone?

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The long-standing club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Special coaches sought

Special Olympics Northern California needs coaches for a variety of sports. No prior coaching experience is necessary. For more information and directions to the San Jose office, call (408) 392-0170 or visit sonc.org.

CIF offers newsletter

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for the state’s high school sports, issues a free monthly newsletter via email for parents/guardians of student-athletes in California. The newsletter aims to keep parents informed of issues like health and safety, eligibility and upcoming state championship events. To subscribe or for more information, visit cifstate.org/index.php/parents.

TC welcomes sports leads

Summer’s here, and that means the high school and college teams the Town Crier usually covers are on a break. The Town Crier sports department doesn’t go on a break, though, and is on the lookout for summer sports stories. If you or someone you know is participating in a sport this summer and might make an interesting story, please contact Pete Borello for a possible story. Call 948-9000, ext. 315, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a letter to 138 Main St., Los Altos, CA 94022.

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