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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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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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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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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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Panthers hope fast start is sign of things to come

Photo Photos By Elliott Burr/Town Crier

Hailie Eackles is among Pinewoods top returning players.

Pinewood School head coach Cayse Kaveny doesn’t want to get too excited about her volleyball team’s 2-0 start. Yet she can’t help but be encouraged by the Panthers’ performance.

"We haven’t really been tested just yet, but I am happy with the way we have responded when we weren’t playing our best," Kaveny said. "The girls have been able to make adjustments during the game, and that’s huge."

Pinewood didn't face much resistance in its opener, sweeping Liberty Baptist 25-18, 25-21, 25-11 Sept. 8 in Los Altos Hills. The Panthers showed their resolve the next day, however, winning at Capuchino in four games: 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22.

Kaveny was proud of the way Pinewood shook off a second-game loss to win the next two to take the match.

"So much of volleyball can be played on emotion and momentum," she said. "It is really important that, as a player, you are able to forget your mistakes and move on to the next play. I have found that sometimes that is the hardest thing to teach. I always tell my players that volleyball is a game of mistakes, and the team that makes the least wins. It is OK to make a mistake, even the best players do, but it is really how you respond to that mistake and what you do next that matters."

Junior Hailie Eackles made the biggest statement in the match, notching her first double-double of the season. The athletic outside hitter tallied 18 kills, 10 digs and four aces. Senior Jennifer Jue added 11 digs, while junior Lizzie Fields "was big at the net," Kaveny said, posting two solo blocks and three block assists.

Middle blocker Fields, all-leaguer Eackles and sophomore Michelle Tarlton are the team's top returning players, according to the coach. Pinewood has eight returnees, four of whom started last year.

Of the four players new to the squad, Kaveny said sophomores Kandace Korver and Jen Bodine "have shown the most improvement during the preseason thus far."

Bodine had seven kills against Liberty Baptist, tying Eackles for team-high honors. Senior Jessica Lacy contributed six aces in the match.

Kaveny said the Panthers' strengths include the "commitment to each other and team goals." Those goals include competing for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division, in which they finished fourth last year at 6-6. The coach expects Pinewood to contend with defending champion King's Academy, Crystal Springs and possibly Woodside Priory for the title.

To do so, the Panthers must "hold one another accountable for the goals we set early on," Kaveny said. "I want them to support each other and believe in themselves, but a little ball control and a fast offense wouldn't hurt, either."

Ball control is the area in which Pinewood needs the most improvement, according to the coach, but she is convinced her players have the work ethic to get better at it.

"(They have a) willingness to work hard every day in practice and push themselves and each other to get better," said Kaveny, who played volleyball for Mitty High and Florida Atlantic University

It's that mentality that has Kaveny almost giddy about the potential of this team – even if it's early in the season.

"It is my third season at Pinewood, and I am really excited about everything we are doing right now," she said. "I have two great assistants (Kym Le and Carter Youngblood), and a team of girls I know will work hard for the common goal every day.

Pinewood is scheduled to visit Fremont-Sunnyvale 7 p.m. today.

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