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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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Mounting costs squeeze juice bar


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. remains a work in progress as owner Guinnevere Stevens confronts financial challenges.

A local business owner is turning to the public to help finance her new juice bar in downtown Los Altos.

Guinnevere Stevens said she must raise $4,000 to install three sinks, as required by the county’s health inspector, to open Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. To generate funds for the project, the former-nurse-turned-juice-aficionado recently started an indiegogo.com campaign to reach her financial goal.

A recent transplant from Dallas, Stevens conceded in her message to donors that she wasn’t equipped to handle all the permitting requirements and costs related to opening a business in California.

“I wasn’t prepared for all the California restrictions, regulations and permit fees,” Stevens wrote as part of her crowd-sourcing campaign. “I’m a little bit over budget, and the health inspector wants Squirt, The Juice Bar to have three new sinks installed before we can provide our nourishing, healthful juice to the Los Altos citizens.”

Reached by the Town Crier, Stevens said she’s sunk all of her personal savings into her business and hopes to open her juice bar without going into debt. She added that her public plea for help isn’t something she wants to do and understands the reservations some may have about her campaign.

“It’s an extremely humbling experience,” said Stevens, who aims to offer a wide variety of hydraulic, cold-pressed organic juices. “I just want to make juice.”

But Stevens added that she opted for the public campaign because she feels her juice bar is needed in Los Altos. Stevens noted that she uses 70 percent non-root vegetables in all of her juices – and is even planning to offer bone broth for customers’ canine companions. So far, she said, the reception to her ideas has been positive.

“People have been constantly asking me, ‘When are you opening?’” said Stevens, who hopes to open by mid-October. “I feel like Los Altos really wants this.”

Stevens said she plans to help those who help her. A $10 donation, for instance, earns the donor a $10 juice credit redeemable at Squirt.

Although the campaign is still in its early stages (it ends Sept. 30), Stevens is hopeful that she will achieve her goal.

“I think it’s going to be successful,” she said. “There’s a need for this that’s not being currently met.”

For more information, visit squirtjuices.com or indiegogo.com/projects/squirt-the-juice-bar.

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