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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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Community Briefs

Boy Scout Troop 37 celebrates 90 years

Los Altos-based Boy Scout Troop 37 has scheduled a potluck barbecue in honor of its 90th anniversary 3-7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club, 3351 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

For more information, contact Jennifer Granath at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Henning to address Federated Woman's Club

The Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos has scheduled Richard Henning, founder of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum series, as guest speaker at its Oct. 3 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m. Guests are welcome by reservation. For more information, call 948-3553.

Discovery Shop sponsors art sale

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop has scheduled a sale of Asian and African art 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the store, 243 Main St., Los Altos. Proceeds from the art, donated by a local collector, will benefit ACS programs in the fight against cancer. For more information, call 949-0505.

California Baron's Ball comes to Fremont Hills

Grand View League, a fundraising branch of the American Cancer Society, has scheduled the 12th annual California Baron's Ball 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Formerly known as the Cattle Baron's Ball, the event has raised nearly $10 million over the past 11 years for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. For tickets and more information, call (408) 879-1049, visit www.cbbsiliconvalley.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

25 years of Community Volunteer Service Awards

The 25th Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon is scheduled Dec. 7 at the Los Altos Youth Center.

Nomination packets have been mailed to a number of local volunteer-driven organizations. A total of 111 non-profit groups that serve the community through service clubs, social agencies, churches, schools and health support may submit candidates for the awards. Nominations are due Oct. 29.

A joint committee comprising five members from Los Altos and five from Los Altos Hills selects award recipients based on nominations submitted by various agencies that engage volunteers in their services.

Winners of the awards have been active as volunteers in multiple organizations over a period of time.

For more information, call Virginia Roberts at 941-1697.

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