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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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LAHS marches toward end of season


Photo By: Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Shirley Pefley/Special To The Town Crier

The Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled a Fall Finale event 10 a.m. Saturday.

It’s not unusual for neighbors surrounding Los Altos High School to hear the sound of trumpets and drums during predawn hours or watch students marching at an afternoon football game or in the Festival of Lights Parade.

To thank neighbors for their patience and support, the Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled its Fall Finale event, a showcase for the community, 10 a.m. Saturday on the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The band’s fieldshow, “Senses,” has won acclaim and recognition for Best Music, Best Visual Effect and Best General Effect at marching band competitions.

“Senses” features the music of Vaclav Nelhybel and Karl Jenkins. The music and choreography combine to highlight the five senses: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.

“We picked this theme to get across the message that music can be used to heighten all your senses and inspire your imagination,” said Ted Ferrucci, longtime band director. “The music is extremely complex and demanding, but the students have risen to the challenge of creating an outstanding show. I’m very proud of them and their work ethic. I’ve rarely seen students work as hard as they do in preparing for competitions.

They work as hard as any athletic team, practicing five days a week since early August, to perfect the show.”

Senior Kelcey Negus, who plays the mellophone, said, “Getting up at 6 a.m. for practice is hard work, but I love it because there are 69 other people getting up at the same time. It’s one big family.”

The music is difficult enough to play while sitting down, but add the band’s movements and it can be extremely challenging.

“I’ve marched in the world-class Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and this show is way more complicated than anything we’ve ever done,” said senior trumpet player Abbey Yacoe.

The musicians march, lean and weave into elaborate shapes while playing music. The color guard dances among the musicians waving flags, throwing rifles and forming a flower with props. The eight-minute musical and visual performance allows the group of individuals to perform as one.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie in marching band,” said drum captain Sean Fox. “We really pull for each other and it’s a lot of fun.”

The marching season culminates with the band’s final performance at the Western Band Association Championships Nov. 17 and 18. The band faces tough competition in its class from 18 other marching bands. Their show last year, “Forbidden,” won the High Music award, outscoring 43 bands from California and Arizona.

The Fall Finale will feature a music marketplace including a silent auction and bake and olive oil sales.

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