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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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In us we trust, I think: The Rockey Road

Wow, we’re one of the highest-ranked school districts in the country. Our kids are smart and they have ample opportunities to become successful college graduates. And they’re polite.

But we can’t seem to keep them safe on their bikes or free from stress.

School has been in session for only a few weeks. and over the span of three days, there were three bike/vehicular accidents of which I am aware – maybe there have been more.

And just weeks before school started, emails were flying around making accusations and getting parents all fired up about the legal battle between LASD and BCS. If you don’t know what those acronyms represent, then good for you – you don’t need the stress that comes along with knowing.

I realize that the battle between the two organizations is not cut and dried. I realize that it’s a legal mess that will continue for a very long time. But while that battle is in force, our kids are still going to school and still growing by the minute. We try to shield them from the mess, but can we? How many hours have parents spent online, on the phone, at meetings and at the grocery store talking and arguing about this case?

I have tried not to get involved or speak my mind, and maybe you’ll consider that irresponsible of me, but I don’t care. My children come first, and wherever they go to school, I will be there to offer my support to them and to their teachers. Am I thankful for the groups fighting for my side? Of course I am, but I don’t feel that I could personally have an impact.

And speaking of impact, I would like everyone to take extra caution while driving. How many kids deserve to be hit by cars because the drivers aren’t watching for them? Zero.

A car hit my very good friend’s son while he rode in the bike lane to school a few days ago. Fortunately, he is fine, but he shouldn’t have had to go through that. Sure, he was able to get up and go to school with scrapes and bruises, but I’m sure he’ll be rattled for a while. The very same morning, a car hit a girl who was biking to school.

A few hours ago I saw another student hit while riding his bike to school. He was hurt and could not get up and go to school, but he was sitting up and looked as if he were going to be OK.

I have children and they ride their bikes to school. Please watch out for them and don’t hit them with your cars.

I could be any parent right now. No one wants his or her child to be hit by a car or endure stress from a legal battle. However, it’s happening, and no matter how careful we are, it will continue to happen, but we can minimize the chances.

Some people react to emails and some people rush in the mornings. Try not to react and rush. Be patient. Let an email sit for a while. Leave a few minutes early or be a few minutes late – it’s not the end of the world. Losing a child is the end of the world.

When you get into your car, please put your phone down. Whoever you are and whatever kind of job you have doesn’t matter because you are not more important than that child you are about to hit. And take the time to look for cyclists before you turn.

We can give our children all the opportunities in the world to get through some of the best colleges, but they have to survive to get there.

Now, go hug your kids or grandkids and tell them to have fun being a kid and to watch for cars, even in crosswalks. Please, and thank you.

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