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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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DOROTHY W. BROWN

OBIT DorothyBrown

1919 - 2013

Dorothy Brown (“Nana”) passed away on July 30, 2013, three weeks shy of her 94th birthday. She was born on August 19, 1919 at the Palo Alto hospital to Charles W. and Josephine D. Wright.

 Her one sibling, Arthur Wright, preceded her in death. Dorothy was a loving mother to her daughter Dyan Hubb (Gary), grandmother to Lori (Jim) and David (Jamie), and great grandmother to David, Kelly, Molly and Stephen Rowse and Madelyn Hubb.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident of Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills. As a child, she grew up on the family’s apricot ranch in Los Altos Hills, riding her pony to and from the one room Purissima grammar school. She attended Palo High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Alan Brown.  They were married over 50 years when Alan passed away in July 1990.

Shortly after they were married, Alan enlisted in the Navy and Dorothy and Dyan moved to San Jose to live with relatives.  Dorothy immediately found work at the P.M. Mill to support her family and the war effort while Alan was away. Alan’s return to San Francisco on a dilapidated navy frigate was a story Dorothy loved to share with close friends and always brought tears to her eyes. After the war, Alan and Dorothy owned Brown’s gift stores in Palo Alto and Los Altos for 12 years and then Dorothy worked in the food service departments at both De Anza and Foothill Junior Colleges before retiring in 1980.

Throughout her life Dorothy’s passions included her family, her friends, and her animals. While living at her family ranch in Los Altos Hills, she surrounded herself with them all. She had a love of life that was infectious to all those around her, always up for an adventure, whether it be a late night ride on her horse, a weekend road trip to Tahoe or Fort Jones, or a 6 week journey around the US. And, though confined to a wheelchair in her later years, she always was ready to go wherever the road and her family and friends took her. Her unwavering love, kindness and enthusiasm are dearly missed.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Emeritus at Harden Ranch who cared so dearly for Dorothy in her final years.

Dorothy was interned next to her husband Alan at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto. A celebration and remembrance of her life will take place at a later time.

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