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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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Fruit crisps: simply elegant

Photo Megan Rowe/Special To The Town Crier Crisps, similar in texture to crumbles and cobblers, are a delicious way to serve late-summer fruit, like plums – minus the hassle of piecrust.

 

As summer wanes and the days grow shorter (and busier), don’t skimp on dessert. Instead, whip up a quick fruit crisp for the family.

Crisps at their simplest are fruit topped with oats, flour, sugar and butter, then baked until the juices bubble and the topping browns. They are related to crumbles (fruit topped with a nutty streusel) and cobblers (fruit baked with a sweet biscuit topping), as well as the more evocatively named slumps, grunts and pandowdies.

Some scholars think crisps emerged during World War II, when it was difficult to find enough butter to make a double-crust pie. Others think the tradition arose far earlier when colonists attempted to adapt their pudding recipes to what was on hand in America. Either way, crisps are a delicious way to serve ripe summer fruit without the fuss of making piecrusts.

Crisps and their cousins are almost infinitely adaptable, making them an ideal dessert for the busy home cook. And while they’re quite simple to throw together, the contrast between the warm, bubbling fruit and the sweet, crunchy topping makes them elegant enough to serve to company.

Crisps are also ideal for picky eaters or those with various dietary restrictions. They’re dairy-free (unless you top them with ice cream, a highly recommended addition if you can handle dairy), and you can easily substitute a gluten-free baking mix for the 1/2 cup of flour to make them safe for those with wheat intolerances.

Plums are ripe and juicy right now, and their hint of tartness plays well with the cinnamon and oats in the topping. If plums aren’t your favorite, you can substitute the same volume of any juicy fruit to adapt this to whatever is in season – berries, mango or other stone fruits now, or apples and pears in a few months. You can play around with the spices, adding a pinch of cardamom to a pear crisp or almond extract instead of vanilla to peaches. You can also add up to 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the topping to make it closer to a crumble and equally delicious.

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