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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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Foothill Briefs

Orientations kick off academic year at Foothill

Before fall quarter classes begin Sept. 21, Foothill College has scheduled orientation sessions for new students and their parents. Admission to both events is free and open to the public. New student orientation is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Smithwick Theatre. Parent orientation is scheduled 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in Room 1501.

The new-student orientation gives first-time freshmen an opportunity to meet fellow students as well as Foothill faculty and staff and tour campus facilities. The orientation features live entertainment, an information fair, complimentary lunch and free parking in Lots 1 and 5. For more student orientation information, call 949-7282.

The parent orientation includes strategies on how to help their college students succeed, a list of student rights and responsibilities and information on Foothill programs, support services and financial aid and scholarships. Parking is free in Lot 1. For more information, call 949-7511.

For special accommodations, call 949-7038, TDD 948-6025. Foothill College is located at 12345 S. El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. For more information, call 949-7282 or visit www.foothill.edu.

Foothill College opens fall registration

New and former students can register for the Fall Quarter at Foothill College online or by phone through Sept. 20. Register early for best course selection.

California residents pay $17 per unit for classes. A full range of student support services is available, including financial aid, academic counseling and tutoring.

Students can apply for admission, register for classes, review class schedules, pay enrollment fees and purchase textbooks and parking permits online at www.foothill.edu. To register by phone, call 917-0509 or (408) 777-9394.

Fall classes begin Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 11, unless otherwise noted in the class schedule, posted at www.foothill.edu/schedule/index.php.

The main campus in Los Altos Hills is located at 12345 S. El Monte Road. The Middlefield Campus is located in the Cubberley Community Cener, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

Each 12-week quarter, Foothill offers more than 1,000 course sections to more than 18,000 day, evening and online students. Foothill's student population is ethnically diverse, culturally rich and includes students from many countries. In keeping with its philosophy of educational opportunity for all, the college offers university transfer, career training and basic skills instruction.

For more information, call 949-7325 or visit www.foothill.edu.

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