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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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Community Briefs

Christ Episcopal hosts documentary screening

Christ Episcopal Church is scheduled to host a screening of “High Ground,” an award-winning documentary, 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

The film chronicles the story of 11 wounded warriors and one Gold Star mother who climb Mount Lobuche in the Himalayas while recounting their wartime experiences. “High Ground” cinematographer John von Seeburg will lead a Q&A with local veterans following the screening.

Admission is free.

For tickets and more information, visit highgroundchristchurch.eventbrite.com.

SPARC speaker addresses Obamacare

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has scheduled author Sally C. Pipes to discuss health care at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Her book, “The Cure for Obamacare” (Encounter Books, 2013), examines changes that could halt full implementation of the law. She will discuss what she considers a better alternative for effective health care.

Pipes regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the San Francisco Chronicle.

For more information, visit sparcgop.org.

Kiwanis Club accepts grant requests

The Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects that meet a critical health or human care need in the city of Mountain View.

Grant requests should address the needs of children under the age of 18 or seniors 60 and over and have objectives that are time-specific and measurable.

Organizations submitting requests must show proof of 501(c)(3) status by providing a copy of their federal tax-exempt notification letters.

The club will consider requests for capital campaign projects that are consistent with its priority to provide services to low-income children, adolescents or seniors.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1.

Funds will be granted at either a January or February Kiwanis Club of Mountain View meeting.

Mail applications to Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, PO Box 607, Mountain View 94042.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/KiwanisMV.

Boutique fundraiser supports animal shelter

A pet and gift boutique fund- raiser is scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Palo Alto Animal Services, 3281 E. Bayshore Road.

The event will feature holiday gifts and products, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet adoptions and refreshments.

The animal control agency, which provides services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, has been hit by heavy funding cuts over the past few years. Proceeds will directly benefit the shelter.

Palo Alto Animal Services and Hartfelt Hand-i-crafts co-sponsor the boutique.

For more information, call 496-5971.

Kiwanis Club sponsors Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its 2013 Turkey Round Up.

Kiwanis Club members will purchase and deliver turkeys to The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families in need can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, mail a check to Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

For more information, call 988-9900.

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