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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

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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Relief for cancer patients: Stanford University's new Cancer Center Complex offers services und

The Stanford University School of Medicine on March 1 opened its new Cancer Center Complex specializing in cancer treatment and research.

Dr. Richard Hoppe, a Los Altos resident for 23 years and chairman of Stanford's department of radiation oncology, was involved in designing the building's concept and determining how different cancer treatment programs could be merged in the new center. He said the improvements the new center brings can be grouped in three categories: improved patient amenities and ambiance; departments consolidated in one location; and the addition of new technologies - particularly the addition of the PET/CT scanner called the GE Discovery. The machine combines x-rays and nuclear imaging techniques to pinpoint tumors for radiation. There are only two such machines in the nation. The other PET/CT scanner is located in Houston, Texas.

Planning for the building began 10 years ago and was finished in 1997. But it took three years for the city of Palo Alto to approve the plans. The Cancer Center Complex is a four-story building, of which three floors are devoted to oncology. It has four times the capacity of the old cancer treatment facility.

Hoppe said the numerous facilities for cancer treatment used to be scattered throughout Stanford Medical Center. In the new building the clinics and medical departments are located in one place.

"This provides for an opportunity for (doctors) to interact, not just in the context of talking about patients but also brainstorming new ideas in cancer treatment," he said. "Some of the breakthroughs in cancer treatment came from Stanford, and we expect that to happen in the future."

The design of the new center is also more convenient for patients. Catherine Sleight, whose colon cancer has been treated at Stanford for two years, has undergone treatment from each of the three main departments - radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgical oncology - before they were consolidated at the center.

"A lot of your energy - of which cancer patients don't have very much - was spent trying to negotiate around the hospital," she said. "One really wonderful thing the new center does is bring everyone together and give them more of a sense of community. I think a really special thing (is) for a cancer patient to feel included rather than off on their own trying to forge their way through a system. It's a more supportive, caring feeling."

The new center's design includes many amenities for patients: meditation rooms, a cyber café, a health library, a Zen garden and a state-of-the-art Infusion Center. The facility also provides valet and concierge services to assist patients.

"When you come into the new Stanford Center, there's a desk with a concierge who will connect you with a volunteer trained to help you make your way through the cancer center," said Sleight. "It helps you form (a) chain of people (who) become the community that will take care of you."

"We consider (the new center) to be a really important community resource," said Hoppe. "We want people in the community to have (the) ability to be treated here."

For more information call the main triage number: (877) 668-7535.

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