Mon10202014

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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Health Briefs

SMART recovery for area women

The Self Management and Recovery Training offers a women's support group for those recovering from an alcohol or drug problem. Women are welcome to join the Los Altos group that meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Los Altos United Methodist Church in Room 9. The church is located at the corner of Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue. For more information, call (510) 249-9974.

'Dramatic' progress in HIV/AIDS treatment

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents two doctors discussing what they call "dramatic" progress in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDS from 7 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St. (above Urgent Care), Palo Alto.

Drs. Steven Lane and John Boggs will discuss the latest improvements of this disease. For more information, call 853-4808.

Distinguished Speaker Series: 'Chronic pain'

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital presents Dr. Ken Peters speaking on chronic pain from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Older Adult Resource Center, located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive, in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Grocery store tour, heart healthy shopper

The Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid Peninsula presents a grocery store tour for the heart healthy shopper at 9 a.m. this Friday at the Los Altos Safeway located on First Street in downtown Los Altos. Cost of the tour is $10. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 494-1300.

All about Medicare

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a senior talk by insurance expert Connie Corrales from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 28, at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St., Palo Alto. For more information, call 853-2960.

Adjusting to vision loss

The Older Adult Resource Center presents a speaker from the Peninsula Center for the Blind who will be addressing emotional reaction to vision loss and what help is available, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., May 29, at the Older Adult Resource Center. Cost is $3, free to members. The Center is located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Local chiropractor offers health seminars

Carol Irwin, a Los Altos chiropractor at the Spinal Health and Rehabilitation Clinic in the Rancho Shopping Center, presents three seminars, all at 5:30 p.m., during the first two weeks of June. On June 2 she offers, "Coping techniques for reducing stress"; on June 9, "Women and migraines"; and on June 16, "What is pain and how do I get rid of it?"

All are free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-2238.

Two-day class, 55 Alive for seniors

The Older Adult Resource Center presents "55 Alive," a defensive driving program for people over 55. This program, developed by the American Association of Retired Persons, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 and 4 at El Camino Hospital, in the Park Pavilion Rooms L and M, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Cost is $8. For more information, call 988-7622.

PAMF class offered on pediatric asthma

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a class on pediatric asthma beginning June 3. For more information, call 853-2960.

Community blood drive at El Camino Hospital

The Stanford Medical School Blood Center will be holding a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at El Camino Hospital, Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

People must show a photo ID to donate. For an appointment, call 723-7819.

Vital signs: two-sessioncardiovascular assessment

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital offers a two-session cardiovascular health assessment, including a cardiac health report, lipid profile, blood pressure screening and height and weight measurement. This will be held June 10 and 17. Cost is $29. For more information, call 940-7070.

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