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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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Los Altos shuts out Lynbrook 30-0; St. Francis falls to Valley Christian

The Los Altos High football team kept its faint playoff hopes alive by blanking Lynbrook 30-0 Friday night.

The visiting Eagles evened their record at 2-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and improved to 7-2 overall.

After a scoreless first quarter, Los Altos scored two touchdowns in the second, added a field goal in the third and tallied two more TDs in the fourth.

Receiver Victor Ruiz scored every touchdown, catching passes of 62, 21, 20 and 55 yards from Lambie Lanman. Matt Schroner made three extra points and booted a 33-yard field goal.

Ruiz totaled 208 yards on eight receptions, while Lanman completed 13 of 20 passes for 316 yards. Running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries.

Los Altos is scheduled to close the regular season 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Cupertino.

VC runs over St. Francis

St. Francis struggled to move the ball or stop the run in Friday’s 21-14 loss at Valley Christian.

The Lancers mustered only 106 yards of offense (57 rushing, 49 passing), while the Warriors piled up 296 yards on the ground.

Yet St. Francis trailed just 7-0 midway through the fourth quarter. Valley Christian then added a 31-yard touchdown run from Kirk Johnson (254 yards rushing).

The Lancers answered with a 9-yard scoring pass from Will Fischer-Colbrie to halfback Landon Baty with 2:35 to play, but the Warriors tallied another TD just 23 seconds later.

Baty returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a score and St. Francis recovered the onside kick, but Valley Christian’s defense held strong.

The Lancers dropped to 3-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-3 overall.

Spartans stymied again

Mountain View scored its first touchdown in three weeks, but it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Milpitas, which won 55-7 Friday.

The visiting Spartans slumped to 1-5 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 1-8 overall.

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