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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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Honoring an unforgettable woman: Other Voices


Tefft

Carol Tefft died last year. There was only a small notice (Town Crier, Nov. 6), because she had moved from Los Altos to live near her children a few years after her retirement as head librarian at the Los Altos Library. We have had several head librarians since, all professional and very competent, but none like Carol. She formed and guided our library during most of its existence. For those who knew and worked with her, Carol was the face of the library.

Carol became head librarian in 1962, shortly after moving to Los Altos with her family. We didn’t have a dedicated building at that time, though the current one was under construction.

Carol joined the small American Association of University Women group that formed Friends of the Library in the early 1960s. She worked as a Friend to support the library in addition to running it, and she never missed a book sale in 37 years.

In the early years, Friends meetings were held in Carol’s library office, and the Friends reciprocated with assistance whenever needed. When Carol retired as head librarian, she became a regular Friend of the library and sorted books every Thursday.

Carol tapped into the community whenever the library needed something, and the community never failed her. When computers replaced the card catalog, she realized that many cardholders would need assistance learning to use them. She recruited a group of volunteers, taught them how to use the new catalog, then scheduled the 70 volunteers to cover all the library hours. No library had ever called on the community like that before.

Nothing demonstrates Carol’s innovation, library skills and community involvement better than “Carol’s Friday Humor.” She had quickly become the personal computer maven of the community. As we became computer users, we began to receive “Carol’s Friday Humor” via email. Carol collected and organized amusing tidbits sent to her during the week. The consummate librarian cataloged the articles and distributed them Friday evenings via the Internet in what may be one of the first blogs.

An article published in the Town Crier April 21, 1998, the year Carol retired, demonstrated how well she understood the community and stood ready to innovate. Our library was always the first in the system to receive the latest technology. We were the first to have a personal computer available to the public, the first to have a computer checkout machine and, continuing in her spirit, we are scheduled to be the first in the Santa Clara County Library system to have a 3-D printer.

For this reason, we propose that the “Innovation Space” that will house this printer would serve as an appropriate memorial to Carol. Other devices may come and go, but we innovate because of her inspiration. The plaque for this space could read: “Dedicated to Carol Tefft, Los Altos Head Librarian, 1962-1998: Innovator, Inspirational Leader, Beloved Member of the Community.”

Elayne Dauber is a longtime member of Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community. For more information, visit losaltoslibraryfriends.org.

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