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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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Eagles miss football playoffs; Lancers land top seed in DII

The Los Altos High football team’s 8-2 record wasn’t enough to make the postseason. Two teams finished ahead of the Eagles in their bid for the final berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, according to coach Trevor Pruitt.

While disappointed, Pruitt was pleased with how his team finished the year. The Eagles clobbered Cupertino 44-20 Saturday – a week after blanking Lynbrook 30-0 – to take third in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 3-2.

“We have played our best football the last two games, and we really wish we were in the playoff mix,” he said, “but we understand how things work and we are still proud of the season we had.”

Although Los Altos posted a better record than several squads that advanced to CCS, it lacked the necessary power points – based not only on wins but strength of schedule – to qualify.

“Our plan is to schedule some tougher non-league games next year,” said Pruitt, who took over a team that went winless in 2012.

The host Eagles fell behind 13-0 in Saturday’s finale, but they scored the next 30 points to take a comfortable lead by halftime.

Sean Lanoza scored twice for Los Altos (30-yard interception, 26-yard catch), as did Patrick McColl (8- and 40-yard receptions). Lambie Lanman threw four touchdown passes, including a 71-yarder to Victor Ruiz.

St. Francis seeded first

St. Francis (8-2) has landed the top seed in CCS Division II, which it won last year, and is slated to host No. 8 Andrew Hill (8-2) 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

The Lancers closed the regular season with a 42-13 rout of visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral Friday to finish fourth in the West Catholic Athletic League at 4-3.

St. Francis scored its first touchdown 13 seconds into the game – a 15-yard run by Landon Baty that followed an Irish fumble – and led 42-7 at halftime.

Delvin Hurtado rushed for 88 yards for the Lancers and Will Fischer-Colbrie was 3-for-4 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Spartans stumble again

Mountain View concluded its season of struggles with a 39-35 loss to visiting Fremont Friday.

The setback guaranteed the Spartans a last-place finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 1-6 and dropped them to 1-9 overall.

Mountain View was outscored 28-14 in the second half Friday.

Anthony Avery threw four touchdown passes for the Spartans, two of them to tight end Frank Kapp. Austin Johnson caught one scoring pass and recorded a team-high 14 tackles.

– Joe Schram contributed to this report

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