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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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Schools article

Pinewood Choir receiveshonors at competition

Pinewood School Children's Choir, comprising students in grades four to six, received "Unanimous Superior" recognition from all three judges at the California Association for Music Education competition earlier this month.

The choir performed a piece entitled "The Elements," an eight-movement cantata written for children's voices. This is the third year the Pinewood Children's Choir has performed at the choral festival, and the third year they have received the Unanimous Superior recognition for their performance.

In addition to evening and weekend practices, the choir meets Tuesdays and Thursdays before school. Performances throughout the year include two or three concerts and several retirement home visits.

Local students to perform""Annie Junior""

Students at the German International School of Silicon Valley are scheduled to perform the musical "Annie Junior" 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school auditorium, 310 Easy St., Mountain View.

Performances are open to the public. Tickets are $5 per person, $10 per family.

For more information, visit www.gissv.org.

Music For Minorsneeds volunteers

Music For Minors has scheduled a volunteer information meeting 7 p.m. May 31 at 883 Shoreline Blvd., Suite C120, Mountain View.

Music For Minors volunteers visit K-3 classrooms once a week during the school year to provide music education. Training for the 2007-2008 school year will begin in September and includes basic music theory, songs and games, rhythm and movement activities, lesson planning and classroom strategies. No formal music background is required.

For more information, call 237-9130 or visit www.mfm.org.

LASD offers summerchess club day camp

The Los Altos School District has scheduled a summer chess club day camp at Oak Elementary School in July for K-8 students in the district.

To register, pick up a form at Oak or Santa Rita Elementary School.

For more information, call AcademiCare at (408) 247-8557 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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