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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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Martin Sexton strums into Cubberley Center

Acclaimed New England-based musician Martin Sexton will be performing at nearly every major festival throughout the United States and Canada this summer. And local music fans can get in on the action when he plays the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The singer-guitarist recently released his debut record "Black Sheep," which is a mixture of soul, blues, jazz and ragtime. And he was praised in the June 22 issue of "Billboard Magazine" and sang "America the Beautiful" at the finals of the Olympic Gymnastic Team Trials in Boston on June 30.

A two-time Boston Music Award winner and the 1994 National Academy of Songwriters "Artist of the Year," Sexton recently sold out the 900-seat Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts and other venues around the U.S.

On Sunday, he'll share the stage with Stephanie Mechura and Rebecca Riots. For more information, call Earthwise Productions at 949-4507.

MORE WISE CRACKS: Get ready to rock with San Jose's Odd Numbers, who will be headlining Earthwise Productions' free Palo Palooza gig at noon Friday at the Cubberley Community Center Amphitheatre.

The Numbers, a rollicking trio reminiscent of the Jam and Who, will be joined by fellow San Jose punkers Four Banger, Cain, The Aquamen and others.

Upcoming "Warm Weather Series" shows at Cubberley include Palo Alto's own mindbenders Oxbow on July 19 (with Idiot Flesh and the Indestructible Beat of Palo Alto), the jazz beat of Medeski Martin and Wood on July 29, Neurosis and Pitchshifter on Aug. 9 and folksters The Basics on Aug. 10.

ONE MAN BAND: He's been compared to Stephen Stills, and has played with Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo and Otis Day and the Nights.

We're talking about local "one man party band" Tom Ryder, who will perform tunes from the 1950s-'90s at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Los Altos Bar and Grill, 169 Main St.

To create the full-band effect, Ryder sings and plays keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars using digitally sampled instruments with a sequencer and vocal harmonizer. The more than 400 songs he covers fit into the classic and alternative rock, reggae, Motown, disco, country and adult contemporary categories.

For more information, call 424-8088.

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