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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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Shortage of wrestlers has not stopped Los Altos from contending in division


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Zoe Morgan, top, competes against Santa Clara Thursday. She won her match. The senior has a shot of making the girls state championships, according to coach Randy Jimenez.

Imagine wrestling with one arm tied behind your back. That’s essentially what the Los Altos High wrestling team is doing this season.

The Eagles are able to use both arms, but they could use more of them. Los Altos doesn’t have a varsity wrestler heavier than 170 pounds, meaning it must forfeit four weight classes – 182, 195, 220 and 285 – at each meet.

“We’re going into every dual meet giving up 24 points,” Eagles coach Randy Jimenez said, “but we’re still competing. As small as we are, we go out there and kick butt.”

With Thursday’s 36-30 home win over Santa Clara – another shorthanded squad – Los Altos improved to 2-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division.

Jimenez is confident the Eagles can win their last three dual meets to finish at or near the top of the division. Los Altos is scheduled to visit Homestead 6:30 p.m. Thursday, travel to Harker Feb. 6 and host Milpitas Feb. 13; all meets begin at 6:30 p.m.

“I think we can win out,” he said. “Our guys go hard. They bought in from the start and train hard.”

Five of the team’s 10 varsity wrestlers set the tempo, according to Jimenez. They are returnees Sean Lanoza (152 pounds), James Sobrino (145), Carter Lee (138), Briham Gonzales (132) and Brian Wang (120).

“These kids work really hard and put the team on their back,” the coach said.

Lanoza, a junior, sports a 9-5 record (including tournaments) and ranks among the top 10 in his weight class in the Central Coast Section. A standout running back on the Los Altos football team, Lanoza “transitioned almost effortlessly” to wrestling,” Jimenez said, and “has strength, skill and knowledge. He’s improved greatly from last year.”

Sobrino, a senior, is “a leg-riding kind of guy,” the coach said. “He’s really physical.”

Lanoza and Sobrino – along with juniors Lee and Gonzales – have the best shot of advancing to next month’s CCS meet, according to the coach, though he didn’t count out Wang, either.

“He works really hard,” Jimenez said of the junior,” and he’s showing a lot of improvement.”

Newcomer Joe Donnelly – a 106-pound freshman who recently transferred to Los Altos from Maryland – “could go to CCS, too,” the coach said. “He has a lot of experience.” Donnelly pinned his opponent in 1 minute, 55 seconds Thursday night.

Wrestlers who place high enough at the league meet – slated Feb. 15 at Monta Vista – advance to CCS, scheduled Feb. 28 and March 1 at Independence High.

The Eagles expect to have three representatives at the CCS girls championships, set for Feb. 7 and 8 at Oak Grove High. Jimenez said senior Zoe Morgan has the best chance of reaching the state tournament, slated Feb. 28 and March 1 in Visalia,

“She’s a beast,” Jimenez said. “She almost made it last year and she’s really hungry this year.”

Lancers top Bells

In a clash of West Catholic Athletic League rivals, host St. Francis beat Bellarmine 34-24 Thursday.

The Lancers won eight weight classes, with Jack Casarez (197 pounds) and Brandon Retuta (220) pinning their opponents from Bellarmine.

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

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