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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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Robinson earns All-America honors in two sports


Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson ranks among the best distance runners and soccer players in the nation.

Sarah Robinson is not only a standout soccer player and distance runner – the Los Altos Hills resident may also be a trailblazer for earning national honors in both sports this month.

“She’s likely the only person in the country, I feel pretty confident, to be an All-American in cross country – based on her finish at NXN (the Nike Cross Nationals) – and soccer at the same time,” said PattiSue Plumer, Robinson’s cross-country and track coach at Gunn High. “It’s rather amazing.”

Within days of finishing 11th at the national meet in Portland, Ore., the senior was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Youth Girls All-America Team for the second year in a row. Robinson verbally committed to Stanford University for soccer when she was a sophomore and has played midfield on the under-17 women’s national team.

While she still ranks soccer as her No. 1 sport, running isn’t far behind.

“I do like them both,” Robinson said, “and I think they complement each other well because I get the speed work from soccer and the endurance training from running.”

The humble and hardworking 17-year-old wasn’t able to run for Gunn last fall due to her soccer commitments, but the year away didn’t slow her down this season. Robinson only got faster.

She won the Central Coast Section Division I race in 16 minutes, 59 seconds – the sixth-fastest time ever recorded by a girl on the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs. Robinson then placed fourth in the Division I race at state, running a 17:16 on the 3.1-mile course at Fresno’s Woodward Park. Only one girl from the CCS has run faster at the meet.

Robinson’s effort earned her an invitation to the Dec. 7 national meet at the Portland Meadows Race Track, where she ran the 5-kilometer course in 17:51.8.

“The Nike national meet was a great experience. I didn’t really have any goals or expectations going into the meet other than to just have fun with it,” Robinson said. “I finished 11th, making the All-American team, which was really exciting. The field was so strong, so I was pleased with making the All-American team.”

Robinson isn’t playing soccer for Gunn this winter, but she does intend to represent the school in track next spring. That’s good news for the Titans’ track coach.

“She’s one of a kind,” Plumer said. “I feel reasonably certain I may never be privileged to coach someone like her ever again.”

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