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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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Westwind Barn management proposals due this week

Los Altos Hills is headed into the home stretch in the process of selecting a new property manager at Westwind Community Barn. The deadline for concessionaires’ proposals is 4 p.m. Thursday.

“The town is looking forward to receiving the proposals,” said Los Altos Hills community services coordinator Sarah Gualtieri of the process, which began in the spring when the city council agreed to seek new barn management.

The past few years have been rocky for the town-owned barn. In addition to financial challenges under town management, the barn lost its Year-Round Riding Program director in June. But with the prospect of a new independent manager and operator, the town anticipates renewed success for the facility.

Since releasing an official request for proposal June 26, Gualtieri said the town has received responses from a number of interested parties. During a July 15 walk-through of the Westwind facilities, eight potential bidders participated with enthusiasm and posed a host of questions, she said.

Although the town will not have a final count on prospective managers until the deadline passes, an evaluation committee is poised to review proposals and conduct interviews in August. If a suitable candidate is identified, the town could award a contract to a new concessionaire by Oct. 17.

The new operator will be responsible for overseeing all horse boarding at the barn, riding programs and the Pacific Ridge Pony Club. To allow for the continuation of town and public use of the facility, the new operator is expected to accommodate the 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program and as many as eight town-organized public events each year.

Although the Year-Round Riding Program has been on hiatus since the end of June, Gualtieri said the program will be operational by late fall, when a new concessionaire takes the reins. In the interim, the 4-H program has been in full swing and the barn continues to accept new horses for boarding.

Gualtieri added that residents should save the date for the annual Los Altos Hills Hoedown, scheduled 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road. In addition to music, crafts and the Community Farmers’ Market garden-grown fruits and vegetables, guests can observe riding demonstrations and equestrian exhibits at the event.

“It’s another way to showcase the facility,” Gualtieri said, emphasizing how integral the barn is to many of Los Altos Hills’ signature traditions.

For more information, visit westwindbarn.com.

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