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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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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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Eagles exact revenge on Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos receiver Patrick McColl tries to evade Mountain View defensive back Junior Savu. McColl caught four passes Friday.

Friday’s football game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs was similar in many ways to last year’s meeting. Both took place in front of large and spirited crowds under the lights at Foothill College, where the team celebrating homecoming trounced its rival in week three of the season.

This time, however, the Eagles did the trouncing: 32-14.

“It’s great to flip it around and win with a team effort today,” Los Altos quarterback Lambie Lanman said. “It was very emotional for me and the whole team, especially the seniors.”

Lanman and his senior teammates had never defeated Mountain View on the varsity level – or even come close. The Spartans routed the Eagles 55-8 last year and 43-6 in 2011.

Lanman, under center for both blowouts, did his part to snap that streak Friday night. He completed 17 of his 26 passes for a total of 230 yards and two touchdowns.

“The line was fabulous today – they blocked so well,” Lanman said. “I have to credit my receivers, too. They did a great job getting free and getting open.”

Lanman capped the Eagles’ opening drive with a 47-yard touchdown toss to receiver Victor Ruiz, who outran the Spartans’ secondary on his route down the right sideline.

Los Altos’ next two possessions resulted in points as well: Matt Schroner booted a 37-yard field goal and receiver Patrick McColl snared Lanman’s 24-yard pass in the corner of the end zone.

The Spartans – who drove to the Eagles’ 13-yard line on their first drive, only to commit a delay-of-game penalty that took them out of field-goal range – scored their first points of the season late in the half. Quarterback Anthony Avery plunged over the goal line on a 1-yard keeper, set up by passes to tight end Frank Kapp (27 yards) and receiver Austin Johnson (28 yards). The extra-point attempt failed, leaving Los Altos with a 17-6 edge with 1:46 left.

After the extended halftime (due to homecoming festivities), the Eagles extended their lead with a 45-yard field goal from Schroner. Halfback Sean Lanoza rushed for 29 of his game-high 75 yards on the drive.

Mountain View’s next possession ended in disaster – a high snap to punter Esteban Rivera, who had little choice but to try a pass that fell incomplete – giving Los Altos favorable field position.

Starting on the Spartans’ 24, the Eagles needed only five plays to score. Halfback Patrick Vargas darted up the middle, untouched, for a 14-yard touchdown. A failed two-point try left the score 26-6 with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Mountain View answered midway through the fourth on a 15-yard scamper by fullback Jake Butters, who shed tacklers along the way. The Spartans faked the extra point, with Avery instead throwing to Kapp in the end zone to make it 26-14 with 7:32 left.

The Eagles punctuated the win on the final play when Avery’s second interception of the night landed in the hands of linebacker Duke Myers, who returned it 43 yards for a score as time expired.

The victory boosted Los Altos’ record to 3-0 – the team’s best start since 2007.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” said first-year coach Trevor Pruitt, who took over a team that went 0-10 last season. “We’re practicing with a purpose and come into every game expecting to win.”

Mountain View, meanwhile, slumped to 0-3 – the team’s worst start of the millennium. New coach Shelley Smith is down to 23 players due to injuries.

“They’ve all been tough,” Smith said of the losses. “But this one is something to build on – we have to start somewhere.”

Pruitt, Mountain View’s offensive coordinator last season, described the win as “bittersweet.”

“I feel for those guys over there,” he said of the Spartans. “I spent a lot of time with those kids and don’t want to see them sad. I wish the best for them.”

Los Altos is scheduled to visit Mills 2 p.m. Saturday; Mountain View has a bye.

Lancers win again

St. Francis’ shutout streak came to an end, but not its winning streak. The Lancers beat visiting Skyline 35-12 Friday night.

The Lancers – who opened the season by shutting out Oak Grove and Palma – surrendered their first points of the year with 2:59 left in the first half.

St. Francis still held a commanding 28-6 lead and added to it with a touchdown on the opening play of the second half. Alex Andrighetto, who had already scored on runs of 8 and 40 yards, returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Panthers fall to Trinity

Pinewood fell behind early and never recovered in Friday’s 58-36 loss to Trinity Christian in eight-man football. The visiting Panthers trailed 16-6 after one quarter and 30-14 at halftime.

Matthew Murphy and Aidan Lucero each scored two touchdowns for Pinewood (1-1).


LAHS Homecoming: Football -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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