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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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Letters to the Editor

Why not share the grass at Blach?

Why can’t my child play on the grassy areas surrounding her classrooms during school? I can’t imagine a single reason why a child would be forbidden to play on the grass area at his or her school.

My fourth-grade daughter was attending the Bullis Charter School campus at Blach Intermediate School last week. During lunch and recess, though the fields were empty, she was told she could only play on the blacktop and that the fields were off limits.

I was flabbergasted when I went to the campus to help for lunch duty last Friday, only to see 150 children squeezed onto the blacktop that is used as hallways between the portables. When I questioned why they can’t go on the grass, I was told that charter school children can only use the grassy areas on Mondays and Tuesdays, not the rest of the week.

This makes no sense. Why on earth would adults prevent children from playing on the grass? Despite the differences between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School, we should not use the children as pawns. Let’s keep the debate among the adults, and keep politics out of the playground.

Angela Rumi

Los Altos Hills

BCS needs site, but not site of existing school

In his Oct. 16 letter to the Town Crier (“Resident bemoans negative impacts of BCS”), Bob Moore accurately describes the years-long dispute between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District. I will reiterate that I do not have an issue with the charter school’s existence in Los Altos.

Bullis Charter School continues to increase enrollment, dismissing the district’s attempts to rein it in because of restricted space and limited facilities in Bullis’ current locations. The charter school has acted aggressively by trying to usurp an existing school site, suggesting that the ousted student population be integrated into other district schools.

Finding ample space within the district’s boundaries is nearly impossible, but the charter school won’t budge when offered relocation to surrounding communities.

Los Altos Hills has more space available – perhaps that’s where its campus should go. Then the fields at both Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools should be returned to mixed-use green spaces for the community.

Rebecca Hayman

Los Altos

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