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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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Town Crier Holiday Fund tops $55,000 with three weeks to go

The holiday spirit is alive and well in the Los Altos area. Readers have already made contributions to the Town Crier Holiday Fund in excess of original goals.

As of this press date, the fund had $55,000, well beyond publisher Paul Nyberg's original goal of $50,000 for the first-ever Town Crier Holiday Fund. A new goal of $60,000 has been set for Jan. 10.

The Los Altos Community Foundation has partnered with the Los Altos Town Crier to be the fiscal sponsor, assuring tax-deductible status for all donations. All administrative expenses are covered by the Town Crier, so that 100 percent of the money raised goes to programs for needy families and children in Santa Clara County. Target recipients are agencies or organizations that are underfunded and doing hands-on work with the needy, especially with families and children, Nyberg said.

"Donors have said that it is our special group of small organizations that has encouraged them to give," he said. "Most gifts range from $25 to $100, although 100 shares of Cisco stock have come from one anonymous donor and $10,000 was added last week by the Homer Family Foundation of Atherton."

Among the fund's beneficiaries are: Truck of Love, which provides food and clothing for the homeless and helpless; Mother Branch, who offers food for the hungry; Career Closet, offering clothing and career support for unemployed single moms; Help One Child, which provides foster parents recruitment and support.

Other recipients include: Bay Shore Christian Ministries, which provides after-school tutoring in East Palo Alto; a dental voucher program through the Community Services Agency; Community Homeless Alliance Ministry; and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, which focuses on kids and families learning together.

The Town Crier Holiday Fund was launched with $26,000 in matching grants which means the first $26,000 in contributions were doubled. Matching grants came from Claudia and Bill Coleman; Nan and Chuck Geschke; the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation; the Bill and Gay Krause Foundation; Paul and Liz Nyberg; and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Contributors should make checks payable to the Town Crier Holiday Fund. They may be delivered in person or mailed to the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or contributed by phone with a credit card by calling Gail Vanderberg at the Town Crier office, 948-9000, ext. 335.

Stock gifts are also accepted.

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