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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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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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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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Freestyle students talking eggs take animation film festival honors

Photo Photo Courtesy Of Freestyle Freestyle Academy students Irene Lee and Raime Shah, left, created an animated short film about eggs and their dreams, above. Their film took top honors in the under two-minute category.

Irene Lee and Raime Shah, Freestyle Academy students, recently won the Bay Street Animation Film Festival in the under-two-minute category for their production of a narrative animation about eggs.

Lee and Shah received $500 scholarships and earned $1,000 for the Freestyle Web program.

Their award-winning animation depicts eggs in a carton in a crowded grocery store explaining what they hope to be when they emerge from their shells. One egg wants to be a super-hero chicken, another wants to be the first chicken on the moon and the third wants to become a beautifully painted egg.

“We didn’t want to make a video that was too serious,” Lee said. “To me, animation is cute.”

The original assignment was to create an animation from one of the many narratives the Freestyle students were learning to write. The narratives could be on any topic, Shah said.

The two spent many hours after school working to perfect their project, Lee said.

Shah said that because they both worked so long and hard on their animation they thought, “Why not?” and entered the film in the fall festival for Bay Area students.

Animation executives from Pixar Animation Studios and Ex’Pressions College for Digital Arts judged the entries, separated into two categories based on film length: fewer than and more than two minutes.

Lee estimated there were approximately 100 entries in the fewer-than-two-minutes category.

“It feels nice to win,” Lee said. “It is nice to get recognition for (the film) from someone other than our teachers.”

Lee and Shah, both seniors, said they have benefited from their time at Freestyle. Lee plans to major in design in college. Shah, who said she is interested in majoring in biology, claimed the education gained at Freestyle would help her in the future.

Part of what lured Shah to Freestyle was “how different and innovative of a program it is.”

Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, available to Mountain View Los Altos Union High School students, is an alternative half-day instructional model which offers hands on, project-based and personalized learning though writing, digital photography, graphic design, Web production, audio engineering and digital film production.

For more information or to view the film, visit www.freestyle.mvla.net.

Contact Traci Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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