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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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New committee promotes public art movement in Los Altos Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Karen Druker of the Los Altos Hills Art in Public Places Committee shares ideas for outdoor sculptures throughout town.

Imagine the visual poetry of viewing a colorful line of sculptures parallel to Los Altos Hills Town Hall while driving or walking along Fremont Road. If donors come forward, modern art may soon take root near the gravel trails and electric-vehicle charging stations that are a staple in the rural community.

“Not everybody is going to like everything, but we guarantee that it will be interesting,” said Karen Druker, chairwoman of the town’s new Art in Public Places Committee.

Along with six other committee members who have agreed to serve as ambassadors of the arts, Druker is sounding the call for donors.

When a donor inquired how he or she could bequeath art to the town last spring, the question stumped the city council, leading to the formation of a committee dedicated to developing a workable process for handling bequests. Since officially convening in August, the committee has scouted potential sites for sculptures at the town hall campus, Westwind Community Barn and Edith Park and developed a book of prospective art, available for viewing at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall reception desk, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

“We’re trying to expedite the process,” said Art in Public Places Committee member Gail Solomon of the reference book highlighting sculptures that reflect site-specific scale and characteristics. “This is a starting point to kick-start our campaign.”

One anonymous donor has already expressed interest in commissioning a $10,000 abstract sculpture series for placement near the large oak tree at town hall. If the donor’s impending contract with the artist for the commission moves forward without delay and the council accepts the donation, Los Altos Hills’ first piece of public art could be installed in the spring.

Druker noted that there are many reasons a resident may want to donate public art, including immortalizing a family’s involvement in the town or memorializing someone who has passed away. With a price tag between $3,000 and $50,000 for each site-specific sculpture, individuals as well as groups of donors are invited to contribute.

The committee is exploring fundraising options that would enable residents to make smaller contributions toward a sculpture or perhaps a sculpture garden. The donor-funded serpentine seating wall at town hall is an example of how the community has embraced the idea of funding public art in the past.

“The results will speak for themselves,” said Solomon of the public sculpture program. “If we have a successful launch, it sort of carries on on its own feet.”

For more information, call Druker at 941-8073 or 941-7222.

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