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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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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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Bruins spoil Spartans Homecoming


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View quarterback Anthony Avery tosses the ball downfield Friday.

The Mountain View High football team dominated everything but the scoreboard in Friday’s Homecoming game against Santa Clara.

The Spartans fell 6-0, despite thoroughly outgaining the Bruins (310 yards to 173) and making nearly three times as many first downs (14 to five).

The Mountain View defense turned in its best performance of the season, forcing a turnover and seven punts while limiting Santa Clara to just four plays of more than nine yards. But one of those plays proved to be the game-winner – an 82-yard touchdown run by halfback Adam Garza early in the second quarter (the PAT failed).

Offensively, the Spartans seemed to stop themselves as many times as the Bruin defense did. Mountain View failed to capitalize on two trips to the red zone – turning the ball over on downs at the 4 on its opening drive and throwing an interception at the 18 in the closing minutes – and had a 60-yard touchdown pass called back on a penalty midway through the fourth quarter.

“That’s the story of our year,” coach Shelley Smith said of squandering opportunities, which included reaching Santa Clara’s 26 before taking back-to-back sacks and twice turning the ball over on downs at the Bruins’ 30. “That’s what happens when you have an inexperienced team – we’re going to do this.”

Smith noted that for the third game in a row, his Spartans marched inside their opponent’s 5-yard line on their initial drive and stalled. Mountain View moved from its 20 to Santa Clara’s 4 in nine plays, highlighted by quarterback Anthony Avery’s 48-yard bomb to streaking receiver Austin Johnson. Avery then overthrew tight end Frank Kapp in the end zone on third down and the Bruins got the ball back after stuffing Johnson for a 1-yard loss.

Mountain View’s first possession of the second half got off to a promising start as well. Beginning at their own 20, the Spartans drove to Santa Clara’s 26 with eight straight runs – including Avery’s 3-yard keeper on 4th-and-1 – followed by a 25-yard pass to Kapp. The Bruins sacked Avery the next two plays, however, pushing Mountain View out of scoring position.

After stalling at Santa Clara’s 30 on their next series – an 11-play drive that consumed nearly the first five minutes of the fourth quarter – the Spartans were running out of time and chances.

Mountain View got the ball back with 4:20 left, thanks to a defense that held Santa Clara to only 27 yards in the half.

“Our defense has improved dramatically over the last two weeks,” said Smith, whose Spartans surrendered only a single touchdown for the second consecutive week.

Mountain View appeared to be on its way to a second straight win when Avery threw a 60-yard strike to Johnson for a touchdown with just under four minutes remaining. The play came back, though, thanks to a flag on the Spartans for having an illegal man downfield.

“We got robbed on that call – nothing was wrong on our end,” Smith said. “It was a perfect play and a perfectly thrown ball, and we don’t have those very often. To have to a redo on something like that is kind of tough.”

Avery kept the drive alive, however, completing a pair of 20-plus-yard passes to Kapp and a 7-yarder to receiver Nico Mayoral that put Mountain View at the 18. But Avery was intercepted on the next play, a pass tipped by halfback Isaiah Jackson that landed in the arms of defensive back Alexander Rios with 1:49 to play.

The Spartans would get one last chance. Santa Clara quarterback Antonio Nazario fumbled a minute later, and Mountain View linebacker Brandon Pak recovered the ball near midfield. Avery threw an interception on the next play, however, and Santa Clara ran out the clock.

Although the Spartans sank to 1-4 overall (1-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division), Smith isn’t giving up on the season.

“We’re getting better. From the first game we played to this game, there’s been a big improvement,” he said. “I think our kids are playing well enough that maybe we can surprise somebody.”


2013 MVHS Homecoming: Football - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

For MVHS Homecoming Court and Homecoming Parade photos, click here.

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