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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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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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Tour of public sculptures in Los Altos

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Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
“Space Dance for Peace” (1986), Mircea Paul Goreniuc at Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Following is a list of Los Altos’ public sculptures, their artists and their dates of installation.


In or near downtown
“Walter Singer Bust” (1993), Ingrid Jackson-MacDonald
    Community Plaza
    Corner of Main and State streets
“Jasper Priestess” (2011), Damien Jones
    Corner of Main and Second streets
“Redwood Prayer” (2011), Rick Waltonsmith
    Corner of Main and Third streets
“African Tree” (2011), Rick Waltonsmith
    Corner of Main and Third streets
“Danseuse” (2011), Jeff Owen
    Corner of State and Second streets
“Will You Dance with Me?” (2013), Ed Hart
    Corner of State and Second streets
“Torso 3” (2012), James Hill
    Corner of State and Third streets
“The Guardian” (2013), Karen Cauvin Eustis
    Corner of State and Third streets
“Dancing Heron” (2011), Pat Payne
    Corner of Edith and Los Altos avenues
“Olympic Wannabes” (2000), Glenna Goodacre
    Village Park


In or near civic center
“Diamond Jubilee” (1988), Taro
Seesurat
    Los Altos City Hall
    1 N. San Antonio Road
“Australian Cattle Dog” (1991), Anne Wienholt
    Los Altos Youth Center
    1 N. San Antonio Road
“Dancing Man” (2008), James Moore
    Hillview Community Center
    97 Hillview Ave.
“Smoke” (1997), Steve Bartlett
    Sequoia Fire Station
    10 Almond Ave.
“Dragonfly” (2013), Tammy Bickel
    Rosita Park
    401 Rosita Ave.


Los Altos main library
“ZooScapes” (1997), Maggie Kornman
“Magic Fish” (1994), Hardy Jones
“Seal Head” (date unknown), Anne Wienholt


Lincoln Park
“Imagine That” (1992), Tony Williams
“Space Dance for Peace” (1986), Mircea Paul Goreniuc
“Musical Gambol” (1991), Robert Clements
“Bird” (2013), Riis Burwell


Redwood Grove/Shoup Park
“By the Sea” (2013), Jane Reyes
    Redwood Grove
“Egrets” (1994), Zygmund Sazezich
    Shoup Park
“Veteran’s Memorial – Cradle of Liberty” (1998),
Rebecca Jay Truman
    Shoup Park


South Los Altos
“Pax Nova” (date unknown),
Bill Iaculla
    McKenzie Park
    707 Fremont Ave.
“CT-27” (2012), Richard Starks
    Heritage Oaks Park
    1305 McKenzie Ave.
Replica of Auguste Rodin’s
“The Thinker” (2012)
    Woodland Library
    1975 Grant Road
“Convolute of the Square” (1989), Taro Seesurat
    Corner of Fremont and Grant roads
“Dancers” (2004), Michele M. Alcantara
    Corner of Grant Road and St. Joseph Avenue


– Los Altos Public Arts Commission

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