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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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FRED HANSEN

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Fred Hansen, resident of Los Gatos CA, died unexpectedly due to a fall in his condominium in Puerto Vallarta Mexico September 24th 2013. He was there celebrating his recent birthday and working on plans to build his retirement home.

Fred was a graduate of Los Altos High School in 1969, an Eagle Scout at the age of 13, and active in forming a new Boy Scout troop in that community. While in college, he started several local service based businesses with his brother Karl.  Fred obtained a degree in Sociology/Criminology from San Jose State University in 1976.  He applied his education and passion in a position working with the Tuolumne County Juvenile Probation Department assisting at risk and troubled juvenile offenders to rehabilitate themselves.  He subsequently pursued various business management opportunities and property development projects in the Bay Area, and Oregon, until joining his brother as CFO at The Vita Companies in 1990.  In this capacity Fred became expert at managing all property and financial aspects of the multimillion dollar organization.

Highly self-reliant in his personal life from his youth onward, Fred maintained a diverse and active lifestyle with many people and various interests including playing the piano, driving high performance cars & motorcycles, flying his Cessna TR-182 aircraft, and traveling throughout the world.  He was an accomplished amateur sports photographer who volunteered his skills for several local high school teams.

Fred was a thoughtful caretaker of his mother, Martha Hansen, who precedes him in death.  He maintained lifelong associations with many friends and former coworkers by being generous with his time, advice, and assistance in their lives.  He is survived by his brother Karl, nephew Erik, and nieces Jennifer and Andrea Jane (AJ).  

A local memorial service is planned at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos for Fred on October 9th 2013 at 3:30pm.  A reception will follow immediately at the LAUMC Creekside Center.  All are welcome to join in celebrating Fred’s glorious life. 

Fred enjoyed his second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he maintained a community of loving friends.  A second memorial service will be help on Saturday, October 12th in the afternoon at Selva Romantica Condos in Old Vallarta.

The family requests that flowers and expressions of love  be shared within your family and loved ones, as we know that Fred  would want the love for each of us to grow and most importantly, be expressed more often within our family and our extended community.

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