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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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Los Altos edges Overfelt in football; Mtn. View volleyball falls to Westmont


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Elyse Fitzsimons notched eight kills for Mountain View in a loss at Westmont.

Running back Sean Lanoza’s fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the game-winner for the Los Altos High football team, which edged host Overfelt 17-10 Friday night.

Lanoza rushed for 66 yards in the nonleague game, 10 of which came on the TD run.

The Eagles (2-0) overcame three turnovers, two missed field goals and the absence of quarterback Lambie Lanman.

With Lanman out for what coach Trevor Pruitt described as “family reasons,” receiver Patrick McColl moved from receiver to quarterback. McColl – who tossed a first-quarter touchdown pass to Victor Ruiz – “led our team to a great victory,” Pruitt said.

The Eagles are scheduled to play their homecoming game 7:30 p.m. Friday against rival Mountain View at Foothill College.

After two games, Mountain View still seeks its first points of the season. The Spartans fell 48-0 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday; they lost 45-0 to Burlingame the previous week.

Mountain View trailed 14-0 after one quarter of Saturday’s game and 34-0 at halftime.

“Defense played well for the first quarter, (but) injuries caused some issues with depth,” Spartans coach Shelley Smith said. “(We) really did not execute very well after the first quarter on both sides of the ball.”

Mountain View committed five turnovers in total – three interceptions and two fumbles.

Pinewood kicked off its season of eight-man football with a 40-6 rout of Stuart Hall.

Girls volleyball

Mountain View dropped to 1-5 with a four-game loss at Westmont Thursday.

Elyse Fitzsimons tallied eight kills and five blocks for the Spartans; Rosa Lutz and Moira Huang added five kills each.

Los Altos split a pair of road games last week to go to 5-2. The Eagles beat Westmont in four games Sept. 10 and lost to Burlingame in four Friday.

Carmen Annevelink led Los Altos in kills both days, tallying 28 against Westmont and 16 versus Burlingame.

After sweeping Aptos to start last week, St. Francis dropped four-game matches to Bishop O’Dowd and Menlo to fall to 5-3. Taylor Poncetta notched 12 kills in the Sept. 9 win over Aptos.

Girls water polo

Mountain View went 2-1 at last weekend’s Lincoln Tournament. The Spartans bounced back from a 10-2 opening-round loss to Pioneer by beating Santa Teresa 13-6 and Silver Creek 12-3.

In the final game, freshman Kate Atherton scored five goals on seven shots.

“(That) forced Silver Creek to double-team her, which opened things up for the rest of the team,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose Spartans improved to 4-2.

The St. Francis Invitational went to the home team. The Lancers knocked off league foe Sacred Heart Prep 9-4 Saturday in the title game of the tournament.

St. Francis beat Burlingame, Mitty and Clovis West to reach the final. Senior Courtney Batcheller scored seven goals in the 12-4 semifinal win over Clovis.

Boys water polo

Host Menlo defeated St. Francis 10-5 Friday in nonleague action. Shawn Welch scored twice for the Lancers (0-1).

Girls golf

Paced by medalist Nancy Xu, St. Francis opened the season with a 202-224 win over Menlo Sept. 11 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View.

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