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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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Schools Briefs

Mathnasium hosts TriMathlon event

Mathnasium, a local math-tutoring center, has scheduled a TriMathlon math competition for local students Oct. 19.

The TriMathlon is open to second- through fifth-graders who attend public or private schools or who are homeschooled. Students need not be enrolled in a Mathnasium center to participate.

According to organizers, the TriMathlon contest is designed to show students that math can be fun. Children at all levels of math ability are invited to compete. In addition to winning trophies, all participants will earn money for their local schools with every correct answer.

To register, for a practice test and for more information, visit mathnasiumtrimathlon.com.

MVLA Foundation offers Science Showcase

The Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation is scheduled to host a Science Showcase 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave.

Parents and community members are invited to experience first-hand how students are learning chemistry, biology, physics, clean-tech and more at the local high schools.

Teachers and students will be on hand for demonstrations of the latest foundation-funded classroom science equipment.

For more information, visit mvlafoundation.org.

PNG seeks volunteers

Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors to local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 6-7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.

Through the information night, PNG hopes to attract new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.

To RSVP, call Carole Dorshkind at 766-2162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit pngmvla.org.

Egan schedules e-waste collection

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual e-waste recycling event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the school’s parking lot, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

GreenMouse Recycling will be on hand to collect e-waste items and ensure that toxic electronic waste is responsibly recycled.

Proceeds benefit Egan’s Science Department.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Montclaire hosts benefit run/walk

The fourth annual Montclaire 5K Run/Walk is scheduled 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The 3.1-mile course begins and ends in the back parking lot at Montclaire Elementary School – located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos – and runs through the surrounding Highlands neighborhood and into Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Entry fee is $35 in advance (includes T-shirt), $50 on the day of the event. There will also be a free 1-mile fun run for children. Proceeds support the Montclaire Parent Teacher Organization.

To register and for more information, visit montclaire5k.com.

Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.

The program reaches all grade levels in the district and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies.

Training is available to acquaint docents with the lesson content. All materials are provided. A docent, often an assistant docent and one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom. A classroom management training is slated Monday.

To introduce potential volunteers to the gardens used in Living Classroom lessons, officials are scheduled to host a tour of several of the Los Altos school gardens Oct. 7.

For more information, visit Living-Classroom.org.

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