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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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MV boys struggle against Mustangs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cory Fitz, shooting, led Mountain View High with 11 points Friday against Homestead.

It might be time to declare a drought in Mountain View. A scoring drought, that is. The Mountain View High boys basketball team continues to struggle when it comes to producing points.

The Spartans opened SCVAL De Anza Division play with a 49-31 loss to visiting Homestead Friday night and fell 53-40 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday in non-league action.

Mountain View (4-9 overall) is averaging just 38.7 points per game.

“To say we’re inconsistent is to put it too optimistically,” coach Jim Forthoffer said. “We sometimes shoot very poorly, but once in a while we have a nice shooting game.”

The Spartans have reached the 50s only twice – and lost both games. The team’s highest-scoring game came in a 63-55 setback to St. Ignatius Jan. 3.

“We had a great shooting night against St. Ignatius, although we lost, but it was a close game and a moral victory,” Forthoffer said. “We’ve also had some horrible shooting nights.”

Count Friday among them. Mountain View made just 11 of 42 shots from the field and was a woeful seven of 32 from 3-point range. The Spartans’ starting backcourt went scoreless.

Cory Fitz was the only Mountain View player in doubles figures (11 points); fellow forward Blake Jarrell was the team’s next-best scorer (seven).

Fitz and Jarrell, both seniors, combined to score all nine of the Spartans’ points in the opening quarter. Fitz made the game’s first basket (a putback) and drilled a 3-pointer in the closing minute. Jarrell capped the quarter with a midrange jumper, cutting Homestead’s lead to 14-9.

Fitz buried back-to-back 3s late in the second quarter – Mountain View’s only field goals in the period. The Spartans trailed 25-17 at intermission.

The Mustangs (8-4 overall) pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Mountain View 15-6. Guard Troy Whitford, a Los Altos resident, notched five of his game-high 17 points in the period.

“Troy is a heck of a player,” Forthoffer said, “and it’s hard to contain him.”

Whitford spearheaded Homestead’s 7-0 run to begin the fourth, scoring five points. The senior made a putback, a free throw and a spinning scoop shot.

Mountain View’s first points of the fourth came at the 3:12 mark when reserve guard Kevin Ives drained a 3-pointer from the left side. The Mustangs still had a comfortable lead, however, at 47-26.

The Spartans are scheduled to visit Los Gatos 7 p.m. today.


2013 boys basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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