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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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New MVHS administrators greet students


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dave Grissom, Mountain View High School’s new principal, addresses a group of students on campus last week.

When Mountain View High School students started school this week, they met their new principal, Dave Grissom.

Grissom, a San Diego native, assumed the position after eight-year principal Keith Moody transitioned to the role of director of the district’s Adult Education program in June.

Grissom discovered that he enjoyed interacting with youth while in college, when he coached baseball and football.

“I always saw myself doing something good for kids,” he said. “I loved (working with the students). I found my niche in life.”

Grissom began his teaching career at Santa Clara High School in 1994 and in 1998 became an administrator at Lincoln High in San Jose, eventually coming full circle back to Santa Clara High, where he served as principal for the past seven years.

“I just love being around kids – they bring such a zest for life,” he said. “I always thought I could bring a real positive change in their lives as well.”

Although he will miss the Santa Clara High community, Grissom expressed enthusiasm as he begins his tenure at Mountain View.

“I’ve never felt more welcome than I have at Mountain View,” he said. “I have met some very dynamic and great people already, and I’m really ready to start the school year.”

Rich in resources

Grissom praised the resources of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been fortunate enough to be at a school and district that offers as much for their students as this one does,” he said. “The resources they offer to their students is bar none above what I’ve seen offered before.”

As to goals and objectives for his first year on the job, Grissom listed diving into the new grading policy and implementing the new common core curriculum as priorities.

“I want to work on the grading policy to help all,” he said. “I am trying to create some transparency there.”

Grissom described himself as a “hands-on leader” who enjoys “positive relationships with kids and families.”

Grissom and his wife of 19 years, Christine, live with their sons, Ryan, 15, and Connor, 11, in San Jose. In his spare time, Grissom spends time with his boys, usually involving sports.

An admitted sports fan, Grissom plays golf and serves as an umpire for Little League games. His coaching experience in college served as a bridge to his career.

“I found a love there, and the love transferred into the classroom,” he said. “Being a teacher was the greatest job I’ve ever had, and it pushed me into the profession I am in today.”

Other new faces

Grissom’s is not the only new face on campus this year. The district hired two assistant principals at the close of the past school year: William Blair, a Mountain View High instructor, and Lynne Ewald, an administrator who worked with Grissom at Santa Clara High.

Blair taught Leadership, Broadcast Journalism, Newspaper and English for the past nine years at Mountain View High. He received the Mountain View Los Altos Teacher of the Year Award in 2009-2010 for his outstanding teaching and work with myriad student groups, including the Iwata Japanese Exchange Program, the Associated Student Body, Camp Everytown and the Link Crew. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and his teaching credential from the University of San Diego.

Ewald joins the district from Santa Clara High, where she served as assistant principal for 12 years. Ewald was responsible for curriculum, master schedule, student activities and special programs. She has received commendations for her work as a science teacher at all levels of biology and physics. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her master’s in educational administration from San Jose State University.

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