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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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Obituary Notices

HAROLYN CROSSMAN

Harolyn Crossman, loving wife, mother, and grandmother suddenly passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Los Altos home on Sunday, January 7th 2007. Harolyn was born in Oshkosh, Nebraska January 31st 1937.

Harolyn was a former American Airlines Stewardess. She is predeceased by her son John Jr. and survived by her husband Jack Crossman, son James of Las Vegas and his wife Dianna, daughter Jennifer Bunge of Winnetka, IL and her husband Jon, brother Richard Stockman of Denver, CO, sister Judy Ward of Hutchinson, KS and five grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Johnny, Jack, Hunter, Nicholas, and Allison.

Services were held Friday, January 12 at Spangler's Mortuary, 399 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN.

HELEN ROBERTA

SWEENEY

Helen Roberta Sweeney passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2007, at home with her beloved husband Joe at her side tenderly holding her hand. They had been married just a few weeks short of 71 years.

She was one of two daughters of William and Elanor Bubb. Her family is recognized in naming the present-day Bubb School and Bubb Park. The Bubb family pioneered apricot and prune cultivation in the Santa Clara Valley, having crossed the Great Plains from Missouri in 1850. Roberta was active in the Mountain View Historical Society, dedicating her later years to preserving the rich heritage of this area.

Roberta graduated from Mountain View High School and received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from San Jose State in 1935. She loved her music and played the cello, sang and directed youth choirs, contributing to the musical happiness of many through the years. With nearly equal passion in her later years she enthusiastically supported the San Francisco Giants, much as her mother had years ago.

She was a woman of faith, active in the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, the church her family had helped organize over 100 years ago. She provided love and sound counsel to all who came into her life.

Roberta is survived by her husband Joseph, her two sons John and Paul and their spouses Joyce and Guillermina, a close niece Betty and her spouse Jeff, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William George, and by her sister, Frances.

Her ashes will be interred at the Columbarium at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, built on the site of her childhood home. The large old oak tree that stands in front of the church held the rope swing her father hung for quiet blissful afternoons, drinking in the fertile beauty of the Valley. One of her last wishes was that Mountain View and Los Altos not forget their beautiful past years, and that we all maintain this area as the "Valley of Heart's Delight."

ROBERT G. ROGERS

Robert G. Rogers who lived in Los Altos, CA, for the past 44 years, passed away on January 1, 2007. Bob was born on July 16th, 1920 and grew up in Mexico and Texas. He learned to fly an airplane before he could drive a car, and learned to drive in a Ford Model A. He earned a Master's from Cal Tech and a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin in Electrical Engineering, did pioneering work in microwave communications and holds over a dozen patents. His book "Low Phase Noise Microwave Oscillator Design" was published in 1991. Throughout his life his hobbies included ham radio, drawing and painting, gold smithing, and making and flying RC airplanes. Bob raised his family in Ithaca, NY, and Los Altos, CA, and is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years. Their children are Bob Jr. (wife Jan), Beverly (husband Bob, deceased), Beth (husband Jerome), and Molly (husband Peter). Bob and Mary have four grandchildren-Anna, Liz, Annika, and Tyrone. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road in Los Altos on Saturday, January 27th at 11am, followed by a reception at the church. Bob's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Santa Clara Girl Scout Council or the Alzheimer's Association.

JACQUELINE (JACKIE) ALICE TERWILLIGE

February 20, 1923 - January 15, 2007

Preceded in death by her husband, Thane Albert Terwilliger (April 2003). Survived by her loving sons Marc A. Terwilliger of Los Altos, Richard A. Terwilliger (Paula) of Venice. Three grandchildren Elizabeth, Jeremy and Daniel.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but is finally back in the perfect embrace of God, who welcomes her home.

ESTELLE L. TURNEY

Born August 28,1910 in South Dakota, died Saturday January 13, 2007 at the Forum in Cupertino, CA. Estelle was the widow of Newton V. Turney. She, Newton and family relocated from Palm Beach, FL to Atherton in 1960 before moving to Los Altos Hills in 1969. The family formerly lived in Dallas, TX and West Port, CT. Estelle is survived by two daughters, Pat Ogle of Los Altos, CA and Dee Gordon of Federal Way, WA, five grandsons, four granddaughter-in-laws and seven great-grandchildren.

Estelle was a graduate from Florida State with a teaching degree in art. She was a very active and long time volunteer in several local charitable service organizations, including the Palo Alto Auxiliary at the Allied Arts supporting the Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital at Stanford, Larabee Auxiliary supporting the Peninsula Children's Council, where she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year, and the Atherton's supporting battered women.

No memorial is planned. The family will celebrate her life at a graveside burial. The family would like donations in her honor to be made to any of the above charities or to your charity of choice.

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