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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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Sports On The Side: From the courts

Joseph Lok of Los Altos was eliminated from the USTA Nationals in a third-round feed-in match Aug. 7 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Glendale's Sergy Vagramian defeated Lok 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the boys 16 division. That same day in San Diego, St. Francis High's Stephanie Schnitter lost in the fourth round of the girls 16 division of the USTA Nationals. Brittany Larson (Orchard Park, N.Y.) beat Schnitter 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). A day later at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships in San Jose, Pinewood School's Lejla Hodzic bowed out in the girls 18 quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Kristen Schlukebir dispatched Hodzic 6-3, 6-2.

Looking for a keeper

The Mountain View-Los Altos Cougars, an under-14 girls club soccer team, seeks a goalkeeper for the fall season. There is a possibility the goalie will be able to train with Joe Cannon of the San Jose Earthquakes. For more information, call coach Laurent Schaller at 948-2891 or (408) 743-5402, or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Fit camp

Avenidas, a multi-service center for seniors and their families, invites adults 50 and over to Camp Avenidas Summer Fitness Academy, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Aug. 30. Expert seminars in health, fitness and nutrition, exercise classes ranging from tai chi and yoga to resistance training and line dancing are scheduled. Other highlights include a field trip to Sawyer Camp Trail and a panel of women marathoners and others who have broken athletic records in their 70s and beyond. The program is open to all fitness levels. Tuition, including T-shirt and box lunches, is $65 for Avenidas members, $85 for nonmembers. Avenidas is at 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. For more information, call Judith Webb at 326-5362, ext. 19.

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