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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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Senior Center Happenings Provided by Candace Bates, Senior Center coordinator

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For reservations and more information, call 947-2797 or visit www.losaltosrecreation.org.

Holiday luncheons

• Thanksgiving luncheon: Noon Nov. 16 in the Multipurpose Room. The Thanksgiving luncheon will include salad, roast turkey and gravy, roll, stuffing, vegetable and pumpkin pie. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations preferred.

• Christmas luncheon: Noon Dec. 21 in the Multipurpose Room. The menu will include ham, pineapple bread, herbed rice, peas with mushrooms and dessert. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations preferred.

Intergenerational party

Senior Center participants are invited to join the Los Altos Recreation Department’s Kinder Prep program for an intergenerational ornament-making and tree-dressing party 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in rooms 10 and 11. Ornament making is scheduled 10:30-11 a.m., followed by decking the halls of the Senior Center and lunch at noon. Lunch is $4 members, $6 nonmembers.

Classes

The Senior Center has scheduled a number of new classes in January. New offerings include:

• Anthropolgy through Collage: Excavating Your Own Life

• Beginners Happy Qigong (in English and Mandarin)

• Excel: Beyond the Basics

• The Early Renaissance in Italy

See the Senior Center’s January Spotlight newsletter for details.

Donate

• The Recreation Department is collecting empty cardboard toilet paper and paper towel rolls and used, clean nylons. The Monkey Toy Ladies use the items to make stuffed monkeys for sick children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Drop off donations in Room 10.

• The Senior Center is accepting contributions of gently used scarves, hats, yarn and yarn remnants through December. The items will be donated to the needy. Drop off donations in Room 10.

Volunteer

• Volunteer to man the front desk. Openings are available 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays or on a substitute basis. Tasks include greeting participants, answering phones, refilling coffee, registering people for events and performing other small assignments as they arise. Computer skills preferred.

• Volunteers are needed Nov. 15 and 16 and Dec. 20 and 21 to help with holiday luncheon preparation. Sign up to serve as a sous chef (three needed) or to assist with setup, decorations, serving and cleanup.

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