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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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Winning week for football teams

There were wins all around on the local football front last weekend. Los Altos and St. Francis highs remained undefeated, Pinewood School improved to 3-1 and Mountain View High earned its first win of the year.

Los Altos 49, San Lorenzo Valley 21

Running back Sean Lanoza scored five touchdowns in Saturday’s road victory, which boosted the Eagles’ record to 5-0. The junior racked up 119 yards and four scores on the ground and caught nine passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Coach Trevor Pruitt said Lanoza’s “ability to find the hole and hit it full speed is great (and) then when teams over-pursue him, he is able to find the cutback lane.”

Quarterback Lambie Lanman completed 26 of his 40 passes for 308 yards and two TDs. Receiver Victor Ruiz made 13 receptions for 184 yards and two scores.

Linebacker Josh Williams led the defense with 11 tackles.

Los Altos is scheduled to open SCVAL El Camino Division play 7:30 p.m. Friday at Homestead (0-1 league, 4-1 overall).

St. Francis 14, St. Ignatius 6

Ryan Johnson’s 54-yard touchdown pass to halfback Alex Andrighetto midway through the third quarter gave the visiting Lancers their first lead in Saturday’s West Catholic Athletic League opener, and they stayed on top. Running back Landon Baty extended St. Francis’ advantage with a 49-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter.

The Lancers (4-0 overall) are slated to host rival Bellarmine (0-1 league, 3-1 overall) 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mountain View 13, Saratoga 7

Friday’s SCVAL De Anza Division opener wasn’t just Homecoming for Saratoga but also for Mountain View coach Shelley Smith, who coached at Saratoga the previous 11 years.

Smith’s Spartans won for the first time, getting a 22-yard TD pass from Anthony Avery to Frank Kapp and two field goals from Esteban Rivera.

Mountain View (1-3) is set to play its Homecoming game 3:15 p.m. Friday against Santa Clara.

Pinewood 78, NV Baptist 22

Aiden Lucero scored touchdowns on offense (three), defense (two) and special teams (one) for the Panthers in their rout of host North Valley Baptist Friday.

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