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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

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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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St. Francis advances to CCS semifinals with lopsided win over Andrew Hill


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn intercepts a pass in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill.

Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II football quarterfinal game pitting St. Francis High – an A-league team – against C-leaguer Andrew Hill went just about as expected.

A versus C equaled B – as in blowout.

The top-seeded Lancers routed the No. 8 Falcons 41-6 in a game that went to a running clock in the fourth quarter. Host St. Francis led 34-0 at halftime and played its starters sparingly the rest of the way.

“It went well,” Lancers coach Greg Calcagno said. “We did what we’re supposed to do, which is move on to the next round.”

Friday’s semifinal game – scheduled 7 p.m. at St. Francis – probably won’t be as easy.

The Lancers (8-3) face No. 5 Palo Alto (6-5) and Stanford University-bound quarterback Keller Chryst. The senior threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings’ 54-24 spanking of No. 4 Leland Saturday.

St. Francis quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie didn’t need to throw much in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill (8-3). He attempted seven passes and completed three – two of them for touchdowns.

The first came on a 30-yard floater to a streaking Trillion Hebert in the final seconds of the opening quarter, pushing the Lancers’ lead to 14-0 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point. On St. Francis’ last possession of the half, Fischer-Colbrie fired an 18-yard pass into the end zone to Ryan Johnson before taking a hit.

“He can certainly throw it,” Calcagno said of his quarterback, a transfer from Mountain View High. “It’s nice that we’re able to do both – run and pass.”

The run game remains the focal point of the offense, however. The Lancers rushed for 251 yards on 26 carries Friday for a robust average of 9.7 yards per attempt.

Halfback Landon Baty led the ground attack with 106 yards on only four carries, with two of them resulting in touchdowns. After scoring St. Francis’ first points of the night on a 9-yard burst to the right side, the senior scampered 68 yards up the middle for a TD early in the second quarter. Fordham’s extra point pushed the lead to 21-0 and the rout was on.

“We were hoping to be able to run the football – we’re a pretty physical team – and we did,” Calcagno said. “If we can’t run it, we’re in trouble.”

The only trouble the Lancers experienced Friday involved ball security. St. Francis fumbled six times – losing three of them.

The Falcons lost a fumble as well and threw three interceptions. Safety Riley Quinn picked off the first pass, leaping in the air to tip and then haul in Alex Moreno’s errant throw late in the first quarter.

The St. Francis defense limited Andrew Hill to just 168 yards of offense. The Falcons converted only three of their 12 third-down plays.

“That’s what we pride ourselves on – our ability to play defense,” Calcagno said. “That’s our No. 1 priority and we focus on that all year. If we play good defense and they don’t score a lot, it makes it a lot easier on offense.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Hill High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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