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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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Mountain View sinks Harker in girls water polo

There was no doubt about this one. The Mountain View High girls water polo team dominated Harker from start to finish Thursday, prevailing 17-0.

The Spartans led 5-0 after one quarter, doubling their advantage by halftime. Eight players scored for Mountain View in its first shutout of the season.

Spartans coach Drew Enlow said junior Arlynda Huerta “was strong on both offense and defense,” totaling three goals, three assists and two steals.

Mountain View, which crushed Cupertino 19-5 two days earlier, improved to 2-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 6-2 overall.

Los Altos opened its SCVAL De Anza Division slate with a 14-3 loss at Gunn Thursday.

Kimberlyn Tilley scored twice and Ellen Roper had the Eagles’ other goal. Goalie Romy Aboudarham made 18 saves.

The Eagles then fell 15-6 to Leland Friday; Tilley and Ya’el Wiener scored two goals each.

Host St. Francis skunked Menlo-Atherton 9-0 Friday, scoring six goals by halftime. Courtney Batcheller totaled four goals.

Girls volleyball

Los Altos swept host Harker Thursday, raising its overall record to 6-2. Michelle Albright and Carmen Annevelink tallied 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for the Eagles.

Behind a balanced attack, Mountain View topped Lynbrook in three games Friday. The Spartans improved to 2-6 with strong performances from Megan Robinson (nine kills, six aces, 14 assists), Elyse Fitzsimons (eight kills, two blocks), Rosa Lutz (eight kills, three aces) and Moira Huang (five kills, three aces).

Earlier in the week, Mountain View lost in three games to Presentation. Maegan Nevalsky (five kills), Fitzsimons (four kills, six blocks) and Robinson (two kills, five blocks, five aces) led the Spartans Sept. 16.

Paced by Taylor Poncetta, St. Francis won three nonleague matches at home last week. The senior notched 15 kills Sept. 16 in a sweep of Menlo-Atherton, 17 in a four-game victory over Salinas and 11 Thursday in a sweep of Burlingame.

The Lancers improved to 8-4.

Pinewood opened play in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division with a straight-set loss at Mercy Burlingame Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted 22 kills for the Panthers, while setter Tehmi den Braven recorded 24 assists.

Pinewood, which earlier in the week swept Woodside Priory, went to 3-2 overall.

Girls golf

St. Francis remains atop the WCAL after winning both its matches last week.

The Lancers followed a 209-274 rout of Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 16 with a 212-219 win over Presentation Sept. 18.

Bibi Liu posted the best score both days – tying teammate Valerie Wang for medalist honors against Notre Dame – at Shoreline Golf Links (par 36).

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