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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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The stars come out at Tahoe : Area hotels offer star-gazing packages


Photo By: Courtesy of Cl Hospitality
Photo Courtesy Of Cl Hospitality Rooms at The Avalon Lodge in South Lake Tahoe boast a number of amenities, including fireplaces and flat-screen TVs. The Lodge and the Historian Inn offer fall star-gazing packages.

Fall evenings celebrating “Stars, Strings and Sipping” are scheduled at South Lake Tahoe’s Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn in Gardnerville, Nev.

A series of astronomy tours includes classical music by Reno Philharmonic players, wine tastings from around the globe with knowledgeable presenters from each domain, sample appetizers from leading area restaurateurs and chefs, round-trip transportation to viewing areas and lodging. A two-night package costs $549 for two people.

Astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen of the Nevada Science Coalition will guide each evening of the series with two hours of laser-guided star-gazing. Among the highlights are three meteor showers: Orinoid, a trail left behind by Halley’s Comet; Leonids, an annual meteor shower associated with the Tempel-Tuttle Comet; and December’s Geminids, the most prolific display with usually more than 50 meteors per hour.

“What’s more spectacular than nature?” asked Deb Pierrel, co-owner of Clé Hospitality, owners and operators of The Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn. “We just decided to give it a bit more help with classical music, wonderful wines and a memorable visit for our guests.”

The “Stars, Strings and Sipping” series is scheduled to begin Sept. 29 with “Uranus in Opposition.” Guests will have the rare opportunity to view the blue-green planet as it appears closer to Earth than at any other time of the year, complemented by wine and gourmet food pairings as well as tips on the best astronomy apps for smartphones.

Subsequent programs scheduled include “New Moon,” Oct. 15; “Orinoids Meteor Shower,” Oct. 21 and 22; “New Moon,” Nov. 13; “Leonids Meteor Shower,” Nov. 17 and 18; viewing of “The Blue Snowball Nebula,” Nov. 27; “Jupiter at Opposition,” Dec. 3; and “Geminids Meteor Shower,” Dec. 13 and 14.

Clé Hospitality redesigned the 20 rooms at The Avalon Lodge with fresh, casual elegance in mind. Amenities include beds with plush mattresses and triple-sheeted linens topped with overstuffed comforters in an Egyptian cotton cover. The bath is stocked with personal-care products and oversized towels and attractive tile designs. Fireplaces add warmth and ambience.

A variety of lodging packages are available, including 25 percent discounts on stays of four nights or more; 35 percent savings midweek; Movie Nights featuring first-run films and theater-style refreshments; Romantic Getaways with champagne or wine, souvenir glasses, chocolates and guest rooms with fireplaces. The hotel also offers a heated outdoor pool as well as complimentary bicycles, kayaks and snowshoes.

The Historian Inn boasts 34 rooms that reflect the area’s Western heritage, featuring the colors, textures and natural materials reminiscent of the mining booms that established Nevada as the Silver State.

Both properties provide flat-screen TVs with Movies on Demand, iPod docking stations in every room, complimentary wireless Internet access, activity equipment and daily newspapers.

A continental breakfast with locally baked fare is available daily at The Avalon Lodge, while the Historian Inn provides a “grab-and-go” breakfast. Both hotels offer food and wine tastings and 24-hour boutique gift shops.

For reservations and more information, visit avalonlodge.com and historianinn.com.

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