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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

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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 Briefs

Kindergarten information

Parents of preschool children who will be attending kindergarten in the Los Altos School District in the fall 1998 are invited to attend an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. on either Jan. 22 or Jan. 27 at Almond School's multipurpose room, 550 Almond Ave. in Los Altos.

Teachers and school district administrators will make presentations and hand out information.

To be eligible for the district's 98-99 kindergarten program, children must be five years old on or before Dec. 2, 1998.

They must also reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District. Student pre-registration will begin at all six Los Altos elementary schools at 7 a.m. Feb. 5.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

December was named Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by various community groups to educate residents about the dangers of drinking and driving and to provide solutions. Last year 103 teens in California were killed in alcohol-related crashes. For more information about how to ensure your teen will drive responsibly at all times, call (916) 444-8014, or visit the Office of Safety web site at www.ots.org/ots

Motorist warnings

Motorists will need to use extra caution when approaching a school bus as a result of new legislation that will go into effect tomorrow. According to the new law, bus drivers will be required to activate the flashing red lights at every location, whether or not children will be crossing the roadway, requiring motorists to stop.

Volunteer readers

Volunteers are needed to assist local second graders with reading and writing activities for six Tuesday mornings. With a ratio of two students per volunteer, children and volunteers will together make a journal of "Life in the Second Grade." Training will be provided by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. For more information, please call Linda at 940-6024.

Winter classes at Foothill

Winter classes at Foothill College start Jan. 5 and continue through March 27. Students of all ages and skill levels can enroll in the more than 1,000 courses being offered, including language arts, business science, biological and health sciences, and computer, technology and information systems.

Late registration can be made in person today and Thursday in the Admissions and Records Office.

For more information, call 949-7005.

Holiday giving

Students at Woodside Priory measured, cut and stitched handmade polar fleece blankets to be distributed throughout the winter to needy families and their newborn babies at Stanford Hospital.

Through the nonprofit organization "Thear," students also adopted two needy families for Christmas by giving them gifts specified on tags from a "giving tree."

LAHS graduates

Los Altos High School alumni are looking for the current names, addresses and phone numbers for students from all class years for the creation of the first alumni directory. For more information, contact Harris Publishing by calling 1-800-733-8859 or fax information to 1-800-238-8332. You many also send information to Los Altos Alumni Directory Project, c/0 Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, 313 E. Anderson Lane, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78752.

Scholarship information

Students can find information on how to receive academic funding and scholarships for college through the National Academic Funding Advisory's updated 1998 publication. To order a copy, send a No. 10 self-addressed, double-stamped envelope plus $2 to cover handling to the National Academic Funding Advisory, 188 Summer ST. Dept. M1, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

El Camino scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has several scholarships available for the 1998-99 academic year for students enrolled or planning to enroll in health professional programs.

For more information or to obtain an application, call the El Camino Hospital Foundation office at 940-7154. Applications are due by Jan. 31, 1998.

Hospital Auxiliary scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary is currently taking applications for health professional scholarships.

Applicants must be permanent residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Cupertino, who are enrolled or will be enrolling as full-time students (12 units or more) at an accredited California college or university. They must be enrolled in one of the following fields of study: clinical laboratory technology, diagnostic imaging, dietitian, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, pharmacy technology, physical therapy or physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy, radiological technology or respiratory therapy.

Deadline for completed applications is Feb. 28, 1998. For an application, write to Scholarship Committee, El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 7025, Mountain View 94039-7025, or call 940-7214.

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