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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

Girl Scout Cookies arrive in Los Altos

With the delivery of Girl Scout Cookies last week, Los Altos and Mountain View Scouts began door-to-door sales Monday and will sell them at stores and other locations beginning Friday.

Local Scouts received nearly 6,500 cases of cookies, a 25 percent increase over last year, and the largest delivery in recent history, according to Gail Wong of Los Altos Service Unit 608 and Carolyn Stratton of Mountain View Service Unit 605. A new cookie this year, the Savannah Smiles lemon wedge, joins the traditional favorites: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos.

Sales are scheduled through March 18.

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

Los Altos Library hosts iTunes session

The Los Altos Library has scheduled Part 7 in its Social Media Series: “iTunes 101,” 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The free program is appropriate for beginners and experienced users.

Attendees will learn how to organize music, play it on a computer or mobile Apple device, search for apps, add and search for music, manage an iTunes account and download podcasts and TV shows. A review of how to search for apps in iTunes for various Apple products is also included. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Forum examines civic center plan

A community forum on the Los Altos Civic Center Master Plan is scheduled 7-8 p.m. Sunday in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Los Altos resident Duncan MacVicar will explain the condition of the existing community center and the reasons for replacing it. He will review the master plan and moderate a question-and-answer session.

City officials are in the process of determining whether and/or when to place a bond measure on the ballot to fund renovation of the civic center.

For more information, visit www.losaltoscommunitycenter.org.

Lively Foundation hosts benefit for schools

The Lively Foundation has scheduled its annual benefit banquet noon Saturday at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road East, Palo Alto.

The event will feature lunch, party favors, door prizes and a silent auction.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the foundation’s programming for Bay Area schools. Los Altos’ Loyola School has presented two performances of “The Gold Rush,” Lively’s educational program.

Tickets are $44, with $14 tax deductible.

For more information, visit www.livelyfoundation.org or call 969-4110.

Photo contest celebrates ‘Life in Los Altos’

To mark the 60th anniversary of Los Altos’ incorporation, the Los Altos Library has scheduled “Life in Los Altos,” a photography contest open to children and adults.

Submitted photos must be original work taken in Los Altos.

All photographs will be displayed during the month of March, with the winner determined by public votes.

Categories include grades K-6, grades 7-12 and adults.

Library representatives will award prizes for first place and honorable mention in each category.

Entry forms are available at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch Library, 1975 Grant Road; and online at www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Submit hard-copy photos to either library and digital photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Keeping brain in shape subject of talk

Dr. Judith London of Los Altos has scheduled a presentation, “How to Keep Your Brain in Tip-Top Shape,” 2-3 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 23 at Avenidas Senior Center, 450 Bryant Ave., Palo Alto.

A licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in treating Alzheimer’s patients, London will discuss how relatives, friends and caregivers of those with advancing Alzheimer’s disease can re-establish a meaningful connection and communicate.

London is author of “Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer’s Advances” (New Harbinger Publications, 2009). She is currently writing her second book, “Support for Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes,” scheduled for release this year.

For more information, visit www.avenidas.org or www.drjudithlondon.com.

Peninsula Symphony performs at luncheon

The South Bay Guild of the Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its Symphony of Blossoms Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2690 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The Peninsula Symphony Quartet – comprising harp, flute, violin and cello – will perform, followed by a drawing to benefit the Music Merit Awards for young students and the Peninsula Symphony’s music programs.

Tickets are $35 per person.

For tickets, make checks payable to “South Bay Guild” and send by Monday to Arlene Dean, 2091 Robinhood Lane, Los Altos 94024. Donations are accepted.

For more information, visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.

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