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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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Community Briefs

Library hosts talk on English gardens

Author Thomas J. Mickey is scheduled to discuss his book on English gardens 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Mickey’s book, “America’s Romance with the English Garden” (Ohio University Press, 2013), chronicles how the seed and publishing industries collaborated to encourage English garden designs through marketing efforts and color printed catalogs.

Mickey is professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He attended Boston University, the University of Iowa and the Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College.

For more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3511, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit sccl.org.

Red Cross blood drive slated Friday

The Red Cross has scheduled a mobile blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Spooncer Hall at St. Simon Catholic Parish, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code MTVIEW84.

Immigrant House social scheduled Sunday

Friends of Immigrant House has scheduled an ice cream social noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Mercy-Bush Park on the corner of Mercy and Bush streets in Mountain View.

The event is designed to promote the effort to preserve Immigrant House, a circa-1880s structure that housed immigrant families in the city’s early days.

“We are focusing on the humble origins of Old Mountain View via the historical 1880s-era Immigrant House, home of laborers who built the city and farmhands who worked in the orchards,” said Mary Kay Marinovich, a descendant of immigrants.

Activities will include live entertainment, raffles, prizes, games and the unveiling of a “Save Immigrant House” song with Mountain View High School student Cindy Ho playing on violin.

Marinovich led efforts to preserve the 400-square-foot house, which faced demolition earlier this year to make way for a new Bryant Street office building. She raised funds to move the house to a temporary location. Mountain View city councilmembers have since approved relocating the structure to a city-purchased property on Rengstorff Avenue.

For more information, visit facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Immigrant-House/463720156983669.

Program addresses Facebook security

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a “Facebook Security Review” 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The library’s Nicholas Clayton will review account settings, privacy settings and how to manage updated Facebook settings windows.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

Dance festival begins Monday

The Mountain View-based Lively Foundation has scheduled its second International Dance Festival – Silicon Valley Monday through Aug. 25 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The festival, a project of the nonprofit Lively Foundation, includes workshops and performances that showcase dancers, choreographers and teachers in an effort to broaden residents’ exposure to dance and expand interest in and enjoyment of dance.

For a schedule of classes, venues and costs, visit livelyfoundation.org. For more information, call 969-4110 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Downtown features Friday-night movie

The Los Altos Village Association’s “Friday Movie Nights” features a screening of “Back to the Future” 8:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

For more information, visit www.downtownlosaltos.org.

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