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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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MARY PAULINE KENNEDY

OBIT MaryKennedy

Our dear Auntie Mary went home to the Lord on Sept. 10th after facing lung cancer with great faith and courage. She passed away just shy of her 88th birthday. Surrounded by loved ones, she left this world with a smile of joy on her face, finally reunited with her beloved husband Fran who passed away in 1984 after 38 years of devoted marriage. 

Auntie Mary was born on Oct. 2, 1925 in Springfield, Mass., the eldest of nine children. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and spent her teen and young adult years sacrificially caring for her siblings after her mother passed away. She met Fran, the love of her life, while still a teenager. They married in 1946 and moved to California in 1961. She made her career at the DMV where she served the public with both humor and sass. She loved God and His Word and was a member of Bible Study Fellowship for 20 years. Her deep faith was her anchor through life’s many challenges. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed a long anticipated trip with Fran to Ireland. Auntie Mary’s contagious laughter, devotion to family and friends, and love for each of her dogs endeared others to her. She was deeply loved. Auntie Mary is survived by her beloved brother Bart Dowd of Massachusetts and her cherished sister and friend Rosemarie of New Hampshire. She also leaves behind her 13 devoted nieces and nephews and numerous adored great nieces and great nephews to whom she was a wonderful aunt and in whom she took special delight. She will be deeply missed by her dearest friends, Eleanor and Dan Cullen, and her many treasured friends at BSF and those in Villa Teresa Mobilehome Community, her home for 33 years. A Memorial Mass celebrating Auntie Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat, Oct. 19th at Holy Spirit Parish in San Jose where she was a communicant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Auntie Mary’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org.

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