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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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New start for nonprofit agency: CHAC schedules tours of miracle headquarters Friday


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Monique Kane stands outside CHAC’s new office.

Monique Kane, executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), was all smiles as she gave reporters a tour of the nonprofit agency’s new headquarters at 590 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View. Staff moved into the new offices in late June.

“It’s been an enormous help to the interns,” said Kane of the expanded workspace. “They can find quiet places. The new building is perfect for us – it’s professional yet warm and inviting. It is so much more spacious than our other site, giving us ample room to serve our clients. We will be able to offer more groups and classes due to (the availability of) several large spaces.”

And that’s important to the work of an agency that has been counseling and educating at-risk students and their families since 1973. The support, offered at low or no cost depending on financial ability, serves 33 K-12 local schools.

CHAC has scheduled an open house 5-7 p.m. Friday to enable local residents to tour the new facilities. The evening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, courtesy of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and remarks from Mountain View Mayor John Inks and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

The 7,330-square-foot building, acquired in a land swap with the Malek family, more than doubles the size of CHAC’s previous headquarters at 711 Church St. The Maleks eyed the Church Street building as vital to development of an adjacent office-condominium project at 605 Castro St.

Kane frequently refers to the new building as “The Miracle on El Camino.”

Gone are the cramped, overcrowded rooms. The new building boasts more than 20 offices, a conference room and a large training room that can accommodate up to 156 people. Colorful walls along the hallways feature the artwork of CHAC employees. A mural, painted earlier this year by current CHAC interns, brightens the far wall of a 12-stall underground parking garage.

For more information on Friday’s event, call Carrie Carsten at 965-2020, ext. 119, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on CHAC, visit chacmv.org.


CHAC moves into new office - Images by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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