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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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Former Los Altos resident, Nick Mardesich, 80


Mr. Mardesich

Former Los Altos resident Nick Mardesich died unexpectedly in his Cupertino home Aug. 16. He was 80.

Mr. Mardesich’s family emigrated from Yugoslavia to Cupertino. The family at one time owned orchards of cherries, apricots and prunes. It was there that his lifelong love for the land blossomed. The Mardesiches farmed the orchards until irrigating and spraying regulations became too cumbersome to continue.

Mr. Mardesich graduated from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and San Jose State University before being drafted in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard the heavy cruiser USS St. Paul.

After his military service, Mr. Mardesich, his wife, Barbara, and their children, Michael and Connie, lived in Los Altos for 23 years while he worked as a controller at Hewlett-Packard Co. in Palo Alto.

With his brothers John and Joe, Mr. Mardesich formed Mardesich Co., a commercial property business, which he managed until his death.

Mr. Mardesich was proud of his Yugoslavian heritage. His family hailed from Komiza, a small village on the island of Viz, in the region now known as Croatia. He took his family to visit their roots in 1974.

As has been the tradition in Croatian families for centuries, property passes down from the eldest son to the eldest son. Mr. Mardesich, as the eldest son of an eldest son of an eldest son, became the legal owner of the small house his family had lived in for generations.

It meant a great deal to his Croatian family when Mr. Mardesich and his family returned from their visit and he went to the consulate in San Francisco and legally deeded the house to his father’s brother. The Mardesiches were told that the uncle wept with joy at being owner of the land, and they said the generous gift speaks to the kind of man Mr. Mardesich was.

Mr. Mardesich and his wife traveled to 63 countries and all 50 United States, but he considered his trip to Croatia his favorite, because it cemented for his children his love of being “Slav.” The Mardesiches celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just two weeks before his death.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a favorite charity or the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org).

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