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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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JOHN LEWIS PUTZ

OBIT JohnPutz

John Lewis Putz, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills and Los Altos for 45 years, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, November 12th, surrounded by his family. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John was raised in Spooner, Wisconsin where he grew up on his family’s farm, attending elementary school in a one room school house. Upon graduation from high school he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor’s degree and lettered in fencing. After serving as a Communication Officer for the Army in the Pacific during WWII he moved to California to attend graduate school at Stanford University.

It was there that he met his future wife, Mary Ann Bardin from Salinas. They were married in 1947 and he received his Doctorate of Engineering degree in 1951. The couple remained in Palo Alto raising their four children while John worked at General Electric and then Varian Associates for 31 years. He was a leader in early Silicon Valley electronics specializing in microwave vacuum tubes. He attained the position of Senior Scientist and was awarded several patents on microwave tube designs. Even past retirement he continued working in the industry with Varian, training and consulting well into his seventies. After Mary Ann’s passing in 1984, he was lucky to find a wonderful companion in Ethel Middleton, and they spent many years traveling together. Throughout his life John shared his love of music with his family, teaching them the ukulele, banjo, mandolin and guitar, and there are many fond memories of nights filled with singing folk and “hootenanny” songs with his children and grandchildren. After retirement and up until his last days he continued to follow his passion for science by developing computer programs as a hobby. John is pre-deceased by his wife of 37 years, Mary Ann Putz, and survived by his four children, Christine Patton (Richard) of Santa Cruz, Bradley Putz of Sonora, Sandy Lynn of Eureka and Steven Putz (Laurie) of Santa Clara, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed. A private family service is planned.

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