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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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Partners for New Generations provides role models for students


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

De Anza College freshman Axel Cipres Perea, left, meets with her Partners for New Generations mentor, Sue Russell, for advice and encouragement. Cipres Perea is the first in her family to attend college.

When Axel Cipres Perea fell behind in her schoolwork at Alta Vista High School last year, mentor Sue Russell of Partners for New Generations was there to encourage her.

“Sue has always motivated me to do what I have to do,” Cipres Perea said. “She always pushed me to do my schoolwork first.”

Russell’s cheerleading helped Cipres Perea achieve new heights as the first person in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. She is now a freshman at De Anza College.

Russell and Cipres Perea met through Partners for New Generations, a Rotary Club-sponsored nonprofit organization that provides volunteer mentors for students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and tutors in the elementary and intermediate grades in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

Mentors provide more than motivation to students – they serve as role models, supporters and listeners.

“With Sue, I can talk to her about anything and she won’t judge me,” Cipres Perea said. “I feel different with her. It is nice getting to know someone else who isn’t in your family. A mentor is someone who can listen to you any time you need.”

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from the relationship.

“It’s a good feeling to have someone call you for advice,” said Russell, who has volunteered with Partners for New Generations for eight years. “Your mentee likes to see you and talk to you because maybe they can’t talk (the same way) with a parent or teacher. Everyone likes to feel appreciated or needed in some way.”

Partners’ tutors receive the same satisfaction.

A decade ago, empty-nester Wally Brunner sought a way to give back to the community. The former teacher turned to Partners and has tutored the same student for six years.

“It’s just been a terrific experience for me,” she said. “It makes my day. My student is so sweet, and I don’t have a daughter – she’s become a real friend.”

Not all tutors remain with their students for multiple years; many specialize in one grade level and help different students each year.

Donations from the Town Crier Holiday Fund will help underwrite the salaries of Partners’ three part-time coordinators, who help match mentors and students.

Those interested in becoming a mentor or tutor are invited to the Information Night, scheduled 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High.

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