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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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Homestead beats Palo Alto again, inches ahead of Los Altos in league


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Junior right-side hitter Connor Bunka sparked Homestead in Thursday’s win over Palo Alto, totaling 10 kills.

The Homestead High girls volleyball team has struggled against Palo Alto in recent years, but that trend is changing.

The Mustangs Thursday beat the Vikings for the third consecutive time – a streak that began in last year’s playoffs – to sweep the season series. The 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 victory enabled Homestead to gallop to the top of the SCVAL De Anza Division standings.

“We executed a plan and won,” said coach Gary Carroll, who – like four of his players – lives in Los Altos.

The plan involved keeping Palo Alto “out of system,” according to Carroll, by spreading the ball around on offense. Homestead used “a plethora of hitters to keep them guessing,” the coach added, figuring the Vikings wouldn’t be able to defend every spot.

The plan didn’t work at first – visiting Palo Alto won the initial game by six points – but it proved effective the rest of the way.

“We kept Paly out of system in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll said. “I was proud of the way (Homestead) executed down the stretch; no fear, no tipping, no panic – just swings to win.”

The Mustangs’ hitting percentage (.350) for the match more than doubled that of the Vikings’ (.139).

Carroll noted that senior outside hitters Megan Robinson and Casey Carroll (the coach’s daughter) “did their damage from the pins” with 19 and 14 kills, respectively, “but the real spark came from Connor Bunka in games 2, 3 and 4.” The junior hit more than .700 from the right side in those games, finishing with 10 kills.

Another junior, defensive specialist Olivia Poulos, “gave us a real lift off the bench in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll added, citing the Los Altos resident’s high energy, back-row play and consistent serve.

The win boosted the Mustangs’ record to 13-7 overall and 6-1 in the De Anza Division, putting them just ahead of Los Altos (5-1) and Palo Alto (5-2).

The Mustangs are scheduled to host last-place Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Eagles roll on

Los Altos fell from first place without losing a match last week – the Eagles had a bye Thursday – but the team is just .024 percentage points behind Homestead, which it beat two weeks ago. The squads are set to play again 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos.

The Eagles are off to one of their better starts – 21-3 overall after winning a pair of matches last week. They swept rival Mountain View in De Anza Division play and King’s Academy in a non-league match.

Los Altos subdued the Spartans 25-15, 25-13, 25-23 Oct. 15 on the road. Michelle Albright led the Eagles with 12 kills and Carmen Annevelink had 11, while Hanna Koehler recorded 23 assists.

A day later, visiting Los Altos clobbered King’s 25-14, 25-10, 25-8. Annevelink notched nine kills and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh posted 23 assists.

Lancers paste Presentation

St. Francis stymied Presentation Oct. 16, beating the visitors 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 in West Catholic Athletic League action.

Alex Espinosa, who recently returned from injury, produced 12 kills for the Lancers (2-1 league, 19-10 overall).

Panthers split a pair

Pinewood went from sweeper to sweepee last week. Two days after putting the broom to San Jose, the Panthers were swept by Mercy-Burlingame.

Pinewood pasted host San Jose 25-20, 25-7, 25-13 in a nonleague match Oct. 15 behind 22 kills from Mehra den Braven.

Mercy-Burlingame then beat the Panthers 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 Thursday in West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division play, despite den Braven’s 21 kills.

Pinewood dropped to 3-4 in league and 10-9 overall.

Spartans’ struggles continue

Mountain View followed its loss to Los Altos by getting swept by Los Gatos Thursday. The Wildcats prevailed 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.

Elyse Fitzsimons paced the Spartans (1-6 league, 5-15 overall) with six kills and four blocks. Megan Robinson added four kills, three blocks and three aces.

Against Los Altos, Rosa Lutz led Mountain View with six kills.

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