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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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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Roe v. Wade demonstrations set for Monday in Los Altos

Photo Town Crier File Photo

Residents on both sides of the abortion debate march in downtown Los Altos.

Local proponents of the pro-choice and pro-life movements are scheduled to mark the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, with demonstrations Monday in downtown Los Altos.

Both groups are scheduled to walk on Main Street at the same time, on opposite sides of the street.

The Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Walk, which coincide with the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., are scheduled to begin with Mass, celebrated by the Rev. Larry Purcell, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Ave.

The 27th annual Prayer Walk follows the service at approximately 12:30 p.m., proceeding eight blocks from St. Nicholas through downtown Los Altos to city hall.

Chastity Ronan, director of the Alpha Pregnancy Center in San Francisco, is scheduled to address the walkers.

For more information, contact Hubert Lipinski at 493-3156.

Step Out for Pro-Choice, the annual rally and walk sponsored by the Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women, is scheduled noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, beginning at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Sara Kennedy, M.D., MPH, Physicians for Reproductive Choice, will address the group. Kennedy, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is a second-year family-planning fellow at UC San Francisco.

The community is invited. The walk was initiated in 2002 to offer counterpoint to the annual prayer walk for life sponsored by the local Catholic Church.

Registration is $1 at the door.

For more information, call 941-1511 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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