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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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BRUCE CLARK

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A long and happy life ended at peace and at home on January 14th for Bruce Clark, a resident of Los Altos for over fifty-years. 

Graduating as an Electrical Engineer from Cal in 1942, his professional career spanned seven decades, beginning at Harvard during WWII, where his team developed radar technology.

After the war he worked at the AEC Cyclotron and Stanford. In 1951, he became part of the Digital Development Group at SRI International, working on projects as varied as “ERMA” (an early vacuum tube computer and the forerunner of e-commerce) and the Pioneer 10 space probe. These successes helped infuse him with an unflagging optimism.

In retirement, Bruce continued consulting work for SRI until the age of 92. He was an avid tinkerer. A true progressive, he read widely and until his last months, he gleefully debated current events, always with facts at the ready. He spent many days at the library training people in computer and internet literacy.

A proud, Calistoga-born native Californian, Bruce was the third child of Melcina May Baird  and Joseph Reece Clark, themselves children of pioneers who travelled the Oregon Trail. In 1953 he married Ilene Sandberg Clark, a co-worker at SRI.

Bruce and Ilene were among the first Los Altos Lutheran Church members. Ilene was active with music in the church while Bruce often helped with building upkeep and was a regular member at the men’s breakfast. As a father, Bruce has given his children an enduring bequest: abiding love, humor, the confidence to figure things out on their own and the drive to never stop learning. 

Bruce was predeceased by his dear wife Ilene to whom he was married for fifty-three years; by his sister Florence Hensill; and by his brother Wayne Clark. He is survived by his four children, David Clark, Jim Clark, Mae Clark, and Laurie Clark Bryson and his loving niece Joan Clark Brown.  Bruce has seven Grandchildren.

The family extends their deep appreciation to his hospice caregivers. A memorial service and celebration of his life was held at Los Altos Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 24th.

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