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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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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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Music for Minors hosts Mardi Gras fundraiser

Photo Courtesy Of Mary Powell

Gunilla and Tom Follett of Los Altos Hills are leading an upcoming Mardi Gras fundraiser for Music for Minors.

Tom and Gunilla Follett of Los Altos Hills will reign as King and Queen of the Mardi Gras at Music for Minors’ “Mardi Gras Mystique” benefit 6:30-11 p.m. March 5 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

The fundraiser, a celebration in the New Orleans style, will cover the cost of training 20 new music docents. The Town Crier Holiday Fund supports the non-profit Music for Minors, which recruits and trains docents to teach music education to children in kindergarten through third grades. Founded in Los Altos, the organization began in response to state funding cuts that eliminated music instruction.

“Gunilla and Tom have been quietly supporting Music for Minors since its inception 35 years ago,” said Mary Powell, Music for Minors board president. “Their enthusiasm and energy are responsible for much of the community support we have received for over three decades. As a small local non-profit, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

Music for Minors continues to meet the strong demand for in-school music education throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to Powell.

“No other organization offers intensive training in comprehensive music curriculum as Music for Minors does,” she said. “Our training program produces highly qualified docents and music educators who deliver weekly lessons in traditional American and multicultural choral music as well as movement, appreciation and theory. Now over 10,000 local kids look forward to music as a part of their school day. How great is that?”

“Mardi Gras Mystique” will feature live music, including a taste of zydeco, by the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

A Cajun buffet dinner, with traditional king cake for dessert, will be served. Dancing to Suite Love Express is scheduled after dinner.

Tickets are $150 per person.

For tickets and more information, call 237-9130 or visit www.mfm.org.

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