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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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Letters to the Editor

Sheriff’s cadet program helps students

Marlene Cowan’s article on Sheriff Laurie Smith mentions the invaluable role the Sheriff’s Office plays in promoting the safety of Los Altos Hills, Cupertino and Saratoga (“County sheriff Smith reviews long career, touts public-safety record,” Dec. 4).

Many of your readers may not be aware of another, less-publicized, service it provides: a cadet program for high school and college students who are interested in learning more about law enforcement.

This well-organized program meets regularly throughout the year, staffed by dedicated volunteer deputies and officers. It promotes discipline, values, respect, confidence and self-esteem for the students – all at no charge to them or the community.

An important bonus is the brotherhood fostered between the cadets, and the friendships with the members of the Sheriff’s Office, who become role models for how these young men and women want to grow up – whether or not they eventually decide to pursue a career in law enforcement.

I am very grateful to Sheriff Smith and her caring staff for all they do, including their dedication and generosity in giving their time and skills to help our children achieve their maximum potential.

Michael Rappaport

Los Altos

Local trees have ‘skin-diseased’ look

Has it occurred to anyone else that all of those tiny “points of light” that are wrapped around the trunks of local trees every year and, in some cases, all year long, give the trees a “skin-diseased” look as opposed to enhancing the natural beauty of the tree? Perhaps it is time to turn the page.

Josephine Campbell

Los Altos

Bullying starts with the parents

Concerning the problem of racial bullying at San Jose State University that recently made headlines, put the blame were it belongs.

Children are born with a clean slate regarding opinions and beliefs.

Their values are nurtured by what they are taught at home, from friends and at school.

These young men who bullied their black roommate were taught intolerance or they never would have done such horrible things.

Their parents are to blame and should pay restitution to the victim.

I think a fair fine would be $25,000-$50,000 per family. This would cover the victim’s college education, graduate school and perhaps law school if he wants to learn how to sue them.

Furthermore, these young men should be permanently barred from ever attending a California public institution: all UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

Why should my taxes help educate these ignorant, racially intolerant bullies? Their parents can send them to private schools, where perhaps they will learn something about respecting the rights of others. I was taught that in kindergarten in the Bronx a very long time ago.

Myra Orta

Los Altos

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