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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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Eagles fall to Wildcats in CCS quarterfinals


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
No. 3 player Whitney Mathews posted Los Altos’ lone win in singles Friday against St. Ignatius.

After clipping Leland in the second round of the Central Coast Section playoffs, the Los Altos High girls tennis team met its match in the quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Eagles fell 4-3 to No. 5 St. Ignatius Friday.

“They have a little more depth than we do,” Los Altos coach Hung Nguyen said of the Wildcats, champions of the West Catholic Athletic League. “We were just one match short. But I’m proud of my girls – they played as hard as they could.”

None of the seven matches went to three sets.

Host Los Altos mustered just one win in singles, courtesy of No. 3 player Whitney Mathews. The Eagles top two doubles teams – Carina Burdick-Avery Ikeda and Elizabeth Fuchs-Haley Jones – prevailed in straight sets as well.

Mathews, a junior, “won handily,” Nguyen said, while sophomore Burdick and senior Ikeda “took care of business” by not losing a game. Fuchs and Jones won both sets in tiebreakers.

Los Altos’ top two singles players didn’t fare as well. Sophomore Juliette Martin faced a tough opponent at No. 1, according to the coach, while senior Kacey Incerpi suffered her first loss of the year.

The Eagles, who edged visiting Leland 4-3 two days earlier, finished the season 13-8.

“I’m pretty happy – the season turned out better than I thought,” said Nguyen, whose team placed third in the daunting SCVAL De Anza Division. “Making it to the quarterfinals is pretty good.”

The season isn’t over for all the Eagles, however. Four girls have qualified for the CCS individual playoffs, scheduled Monday and Tuesday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos. Martin and Burdick made it in singles; Incerpi and Mathews will join forces in doubles.

Lancers also ousted

St. Francis lasted as long as Los Altos in CCS. The sixth-seeded Lancers fell 4-3 to No. 3 Monta Vista Friday in Cupertino.

St. Francis (14-6) crushed Carmel 7-0 in the second round.


2013 tennis: Los Altos High School girls play in CCS playoffs - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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