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News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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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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JOHN JEROME BECK, M.D.

 Image from article JOHN JEROME BECK, M.D.
Age 90, died peacefully in Santa Clara, CA on February 15th, 2008, following a brief battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Jane D. Beck in 1996 and brother Thomas Beck.He was born on February 14th, 1918, in Wautoma, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939 and Harvard Medical School in 1942 before residing as a Navy Physician in WW II on the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton. After completing his residency at Yale Medical School he moved to Los Altos in 1951, where he had a private practice specializing in surgery for over 30 years.John was very involved in the community, being a Councilman for the city of Los Altos and President of the Los Altos Rotary in 1957. He was also seen on the sidelines of local football games for many years as the team doctor for Foothill Junior College and the East-West Shrine games. John was an avid fisherman, bird hunter and enjoyed gardening, golf and tennis. He was a loving father and grandfather. He also enjoyed vacationing and joking with his children. He had a great sense of humor and will be truly missed.John is survived by his five children John Beck Jr. of Manhattan, Montana, Ronald Beck of San Jose, Suzanne Haydu of Shingle Springs, Paul Beck of Los Altos and Linda Flynn of Los Altos, six grandchildren Lauren and Madelyn Beck of Manhattan Montana, Brandon Haydu of San Louis Obispo, Laurissa Haydu of Santa Cruz, Shannon and Ryan Flynn of Los Altos and in-laws Tracy Beck, Eugene Haydu and Stephen Flynn.Services will be held on Sunday, March 9th, at 2pm at Spangler Mortuary, 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The family requests that in lieu of flowers,donations be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, or 1-800-ACS-2345 in honor of Dr. John Beck.

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