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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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ROBERT GAYLE SHRIVER

Robert Gayle Shriver, 60 yr resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home on January 29, 2013. He was just one week shy of 96. Beloved father of four, Bob is survived by his children: Carol Dulleck (Dean), Joan Vennetti (Richard), Mary Ota (Ken) and Bob, Jr. (Jean), as well as 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Born Feb. 5, 1917 in Freedom, PA, Bob, as he was known to family and friends, attended the University of Pittsburgh as an engineering major, where he met and married Anna Maryetta MacKenzie. Married nearly 70 years, his beloved wife passed away in March of 2010.

Bob was employed by Westinghouse, initially in Pittsburgh, PA. Having decided he enjoyed the bay area its climate after spending the better part of a year on a project in Berkeley, Bob transferred to the company’s Sunnyvale location. His business travels took him to Europe and Japan, and he loved sharing stories of his experiences. His accomplishments were many, and he retired in 1980 as Operations Manager after 41 years of service to Westinghouse.

Bob was an avid follower of both Stanford and Pitt football. In earlier years, he liked fishing, and watching the sport of boxing.

Enjoying an early retirement at 63, Bob and Maryetta traveled extensively both within the United States and Europe. They delighted in crisscrossing the U.S. by car to visit friends and family. They also loved exploring England and other parts of the UK, as well as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.

Bob had a passion for building things, and found relaxation in tinkering under the hood of a car. Weekends and summers found him and the family up at one of the 3 mountain homes in Calaveras County which he designed and built over the years. He also enjoyed woodworking and was always building a mantel, desk, etc for one of his children. His many projects around his residence led his children to call him “Mr. Winchester”, from his adding on to the house, remodeling the kitchen, and the patio room addition where all enjoyed many family dinners in the summertime.

Active member in the congregation at Christ Church of Los Altos, Bob served on the Vestry for a number of years, and was often an usher. Services were held there Feb. 7, 2013. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

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