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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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Kim captures Calif. Women's Amateur title

Lauren Kim said her four weeks in Korea to start the summer could be the longest she’s gone without playing golf since taking up the game. But it wasn’t intentional – the Los Altos resident lugged her clubs, only to discover she was staying far from the nearest course.

“I was in the middle of a city and didn’t have a car,” said Kim, who was there to take classes and learn the language. “I was able to swing, but I didn’t get to hit many balls.”

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When she returned at the end of July, the Los Altos High graduate realized there was a payoff to the layoff.

“I came back refreshed and more motivated,” said Kim, entering her sophomore year at Stanford University.

A month later – playing her first tournament in more than two months – Kim won the 47th annual California Women’s Amateur Championship. Kim edged Tiffany Lim of San Jose in the match-play final, rallying from 4 down Aug. 27 at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Kim had never played in the five-day event, which attracts top amateurs from throughout the state and beyond.

“I didn’t expect to make the final,” she said. “I was using (the tourney) to see where I was and what I needed to work on more. It was a pleasant surprise.”

After two solid rounds of stroke play, Kim survived 36 holes of match play each of the next two days to reach the final.

“Putting was kind of rough – the greens are really tricky – but overall it was a really good week,” she said. “I felt good about my ability to execute shots when I needed them.”

Kim needed plenty of those shots toward the end of the final against Lim, whom she considers a good friend. Kim was 4 down with six holes remaining.

“I was running out of holes and out of time,” Kim said. “I was thinking, ‘Now is the time to do something.’”

Kim gained ground on the next hole, shooting par on No. 13 while Lim bogeyed. Kim bagged birdies on the following two holes – both of which Lim parred – and birdied 17 to tie the match. Both players bogeyed the 18th, forcing an extra hole to determine the winner.

The 37th hole of the day proved to be the last. Kim shot par on No. 1; Lim bogeyed.

“My last putt to win it was pretty special,” Kim said of the 5- to 6-footer. “When I was standing over it, I knew what was on the line, and I made it.”

With summer winding down, Kim is preparing to return to Stanford and embark on her second season with the golf team. The Cardinal’s first event was scheduled this week in Tulsa, Okla. – nearly two weeks before classes begin at Stanford.

“I’m excited to get started,” Kim said.

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