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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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UPC opens its arms to children with autism

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos launched a new ministry: “All God’s Children,” a Sunday School class for children with autism.

The program, which focuses on children 5-10, is not restricted to church families – any family that seeks an environment where God’s love is presented to children is welcome.

Despite the many advantages and programs the community offers, church members heard from parents about the lack of religious programs for children on the autism spectrum – a place where they could learn and discuss the Bible and God’s message in a way appropriate to their needs. The children’s ministry at UPC began to discuss such a program.

Serendipitiously, Amanda Royer arrived from Chicago after her husband, Chris, accepted a position at Yahoo. When the term “autism” arose, Royer mentioned that she had both a personal and professional connection with the problems children on the autism spectrum face. She has a 7-year-old half-brother diagnosed with autism. She has intimately experienced the difficulties many of the children – and those who care for or teach them – encounter in traditional classrooms.

Influenced by her brother’s struggles, Royer majored in child psychology at Davidson College in North Carolina and earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Beyond her academic credentials, Royer has prior professional experience with autism. At Lake Mary Elementary School in Illinois, she served as special-education teacher for students with autism. There was no existing structured program, so Royer developed the academic, social and communication skills, behavior management and independent functioning for students on the autism spectrum. And she gained ministerial experience at Grace Chicago Church.

Royer’s résumé defined the job description rather than the reverse. The dilemma was solved and a new ministry announced.

Royer has a simple but basic theological message for the children: “God loves you, and you can’t get rid of Him.” This fundamental moral truth, once embraced, gives each child comfort, safety and the foundation for everything else they encounter.

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

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