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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 down Redwood in NorCal semis to earn rematch with mighty Monarchs


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Joyce Christiansen-Salameh notched 14 assists and six digs in Los Altos High’s NorCal semifinal win over Redwood.

No matter what happened Tuesday, the Los Altos High girls volleyball team would have a hard time deeming this season anything but a smashing success.

The Eagles were slated to play at Mitty Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s deadline) for the Northern California Division II championship and a berth in this weekend’s state final. This is Los Altos’ first trip to the NorCal final.

“We are so excited that we have made it this far,” senior Meghan McDermott said after the third-seeded Eagles edged No. 2 Redwood (Larkspur) in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal. “I am still in shock, because I never could have dreamed we would be having such an incredibly successful season.”

Los Altos improved to 34-6 with Saturday’s road win, which went five games. The Eagles prevailed 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11.

“The key to winning that game for us was to play loose,” said McDermott, who recorded six kills, two aces and 12 digs. “As a team, we play much better when we are relaxed. We pass well, we get kills and overall we play much better as a team.”

Los Altos did just that in the first two sets, but the Giants (42-5) swung the momentum in their favor in the middle games.

“In the third and fourth sets, Redwood fought back and started getting some really nice kills on us. In response, we tensed up and played much tighter,” McDermott said. “Fortunately, we came back together as a team in that fifth set to win the match.”

Fellow outside hitter Carmen Annevelink paced the Eagles with 19 kills Saturday. The junior added four aces, 23 digs and two solo blocks.

Senior setter Hanna Koehler contributed 10 kills and 23 assists. Senior right-side hitter Michelle Albright also notched 10 kills.

The Eagles would likely need another team effort to challenge top-seeded Mitty (39-4), the defending state champ and No. 1 ranked squad in the nation.

Los Altos took the Monarchs to five games in the Nov. 23 Central Coast Section final, twice serving for match point before losing the fifth game 16-18.

“They are an amazingly talented team,” McDermott said of Mitty, “and I know both teams are going to come out fighting for that NorCal Championship title.”

The winner is scheduled to take on the Southern California champ 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

Mustangs fall in semis

Homestead – the third seed in the NorCal Division I playoffs – saw its season come to a close in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Mustangs, who feature four Los Altos residents, lost in four games to No. 2 St. Francis of Sacramento. The host Troubadours triumphed 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 29-27.

Homestead, the CCS Division I champs, finished the season with a 27-8 record.

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