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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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iMac verses eMac and stop the pop-up ads

Tech Talk

This column offers solutions to personal technology questions from our readers. Neither the author nor this newspaper endorses products or companies mentioned.

Q: Now that the eMac is available for everyone we wonder whether we should buy it rather than the higher priced iMac. What is the difference between the two and which is the better purchase?

A: It really depends on what you need. Both the eMac and iMac have plenty of external connectivity and arrive with a nice software bundle. Apple has made the eMac more attractive with the recent addition of their SuperDrive, the optical drive that plays CDs and DVDs and burns data and audio CDs as well as DVDs that play in most commercial DVD players.

The eMac is an appealing midrange choice, peppy enough for most applications but not robust enough to really enjoy OSX or Photoshop. Its 128MB of memory and limited expansion make it a good choice for home users or students. If you work in an office environment and run multiple applications, are headed for OSX, or plan to use processor and memory intensive programs like QuarkXPress or Photoshop, you should consider the iMac. That low price on the eMac comes with some tradeoffs.

Q: As I surf around the Internet, I am getting inundated with ads appearing in different windows. I close one only to have another open. Sometimes there are so many I just quite my browser and start over. This is absolutely annoying. Is there a setting in my browser I can use or some kind of software that will filter out these unwelcome ads?

A: There are many ways of stopping Pop-up and Pop-under ads - which appear in front or behind your browser window. If EarthLink is your ISP they offer Pop-Up Blocker available for download at their Web site. It will also be incorporated in the next version of their TotalAccess software. Mozilla 1.0 lets you block pop-up ads. Mozilla is the first public version of the Netscape-inspired open-source browser and runs on Win PCs and Macs. It can be downloaded from www.mozilla.org.

For strictly PC browsers there is ActivatorDesk, a desktop, browser and Web filter in one. www.activatordesk.com. Another pop-up filtering browser is Crazy Browser and it's freeware, www.crazybrowser.com. CNET's Editors' Choice is PopUpCop, which stops animation, audio files, pop-ups and even cookies, www.popupcop.com. Also, check out AdSubtract at www.adsubtract.com or Pop-Up Stopper, which offers three versions, www.panicware.com.

For Mac browsers, look at Pop-Up Zapper, a great shareware application written by Ricardo Batista, http://batista.org/zap/. Also, consider WebWasher, a shareware program with three functional modules at www.webwasher.com.

Please keep questions to 100 words or less. Send to: Tech Talk, Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Randall Hull is a Los Altos resident and owner of The Br@nd Ranch, a brand marketing firm.

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