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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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Transactions

Los Altos

720 Los Ninos Way, Anthem Green Developers to Xiao-Chu Trust for $2,835,000

1491 Morton Avenue, R. Chen to Jack Myers Construction for $1,650,000

221 South Springer Road, Bumblis Trust to B. Baby for $1,665,000

Los Altos Hills

13070 South Alta Lane, Nie Trust to A. & J. Schoenthal for $5,700,000

12501 Zappettini Court, Z. Mahdiyar to H. Hong for $2,140,000

Mountain View

2454 Alvin Street, P. Arnaudo to R. Arnaudo for $500,000

279 Calderon Avenue #2, Faravelli Trust to T. Faravelli for $361,000

32 Church Street, A. & J. Bellomi to J. Lai for $1,450,000

436 Church Street, J. & Y. Baker to Vellequette Trust for $925,000

235 Fair Oaks Avenue, B. Jiang to R. & C. Lewis for $1,254,000

243 Horizon Avenue, D. Charo to D. & A. James for

$785,000

275 Leslie Court #A, M. Poggetto to I. & S. Barrios for $829,000

112 Magnolia Lane, Torrie Trust to A. Mitchner for $1,175,000

1259 Marilyn Court, Ryo & Kim Trust to Y. Zunger for $2,318,000

714 Muir Drive, Schroer Trust to Greene Katherine for $1,220,000

450 Sierra Vista Avenue #10, M. Dorosin to V. Yang for $733,000

255 South Rengstorff Avenue #20, D. Dejesus to U. Rethinasabapathy for $460,000

1655 Villa Street, A. Swinnerton to Y. Wang for $1,086,500

Cupertino

10424 Alicia Court, Adams Trust to A. & C. Goyal for $2,208,000

20969 Alves Drive, Vu Trust to H. Vu for $493,500

10391 Johnson Avenue, W. Chen to Y. Lu for $340,000

21084 Red Fir Court, P. & S. Gupta to N. & U. Jaiswal for $800,000

834 September Drive, Acharekar Trust to S. Krishnanatham for $1,260,000

20488 Stevens Creek Boulevard #2217, B. & S. Lin to C. Lee for $571,000

10320 Stokes Avenue, A. Al-Ahmad to A. & M. Dang for $1,400,000

21962 Woodbury Drive, Cross Trust to K. Rao for $1,550,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 3

Highest sale: $2,835,000

Lowest sale: $1,650,000

Average sale: $2,050,000

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $5,700,000

Lowest sale: $2,140,000

Average sale: $3,920,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 13

Highest sale: $2,318,000

Lowest sale: $361,000

Average sale: $1,007,423

Cupertino

Total sales: 8

Highest sale: $2,208,000

Lowest sale: $340,000

Average sale: $1,077,813

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