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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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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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Inexperienced Eagles hope to squeeze into soccer playoffs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Farzan Fallah, center, battles two Palo Alto players for the ball.

A year after guiding the most-experienced team in his 16 seasons at Los Altos High, boys soccer coach Vava Marques finds himself with perhaps the least-experienced squad of his tenure.

The Eagles lost 14 players to graduation last spring, leaving Marques with only four returnees this winter.

“We’re a very young team,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of seniors or kids who played (varsity) last year.”

The Los Altos roster comprises four seniors, 13 juniors and six sophomores. Of the seniors, only midfielder Eylam Fried played significant minutes last season.

Yet having all that experience a year ago did not translate into wins. Los Altos went 4-10-5 overall and finished fifth in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Marques expects to do better this season, though he’s not promising a Central Coast Section championship.

“We’re an OK team – we’ll be in the middle of the pack (in league),” he said. “We’re hoping to go over .500 and get to CCS. Maybe we can squeeze into third place and get an automatic (playoff) berth.”

The Eagles opened league play last week with a 3-1 loss to Palo Alto, a team Marques considers a title contender, along with defending champ Mountain View. Los Altos trailed 2-0 at halftime of the Jan. 8 home game. The Eagles scored early in the second half on a shot by Kunal Patel, assisted by Max de Visser.

Marques ranks Patel and fellow junior forward Farzan Fallah as the team’s top players on offense.

“They’re very fast and can beat players one-on-one,” the coach said. “We hope they can open up (chances) for someone else or they score themselves.”

Goals have been difficult to come by for Los Altos, which has mustered just 10 over seven games. In their six non-league matches – which they split – the Eagles only twice scored more than one goal.

Los Altos lacks a dominant scorer, getting goals from several players.

“We’re balanced,” Marques said.

The team’s strength is on defense, according to the coach. The Eagles have surrendered 12 goals, posting shutouts against Pajaro Valley and Menlo-Atherton.

Fullbacks de Visser (a junior) and Nicky McConnell (sophomore) spearhead the defense.

“They’re tall, aggressive and good on the ball,” Marques said. “They’re good leaders, too.”

Juniors Ricardo Juarez and Chris Lytle split time in goal.

“Ricky is shorter and Chris is taller; they’re pretty even,” the coach said. “I’ve been happy with them.”

Midfielders Fried and Matt Schonher, a junior, are co-captains of the team.

“They’re doing a good job,” Marques said.

Schonher, who also plays football, “is stronger this year and will help us,” the coach added.

Although Los Altos hasn’t looked that strong lately – dropping four consecutive games after a 3-0 start – Marques sees plenty of potential in his youthful squad. He pointed to the Dec. 11 match against Menlo-Atherton – a 3-0 home victory – as proof of what the Eagles are capable of doing.

“It was a very intense game against a very good team,” Marques said. “We matched their intensity and were extremely composed. It was the best game we’ve played so far.”

Los Altos’ next game is slated 3:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara.


2013 boys soccer: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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