Mon10202014

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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Pinewood and Los Altos girls soccer teams both one win away from division crowns


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Copriviza

The Pinewood School girls soccer team took a giant step toward making the playoffs with a 5-2 win over host Mercy-Burlingame last week.

The two teams played to a draw a month ago and entered the Feb. 5 match tied for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

The Panthers, who then routed Mercy-San Francisco 5-1 Thursday, needed only to beat Immaculate Conception Academy Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) to finish the league season undefeated.

A first-place finish guarantees Pinewood a Valentine’s Day date against the fourth-place team in the upper WBAL Foothill Division (to be determined), with the winner advancing to the Central Coast Section playoffs. The Panthers last made CCS in 2007.

“We’re unstoppable right now,” co-head coach Mike Tetzlaff said after Thursday’s road victory, which upped Pinewood’s record to 11-0-1 in league, 12-3-2 overall.

The Panthers led both of last week’s games 3-1 at halftime. Pinewood freshman Amrita Mecker, whom Tetzlaff called “a dynamic midfielder,” left the Mercy-Burlingame match in the sixth minute with an injury, “but the team shook it off, adjusted to the bigger field and gusty wind, and just went about its business without being unnerved by the importance of this game for the standings in our division.”

Jordan Berke scored the Panthers’ initial goal, Kelly Branson scored the next three and Nicole Colonna the last one. Freshman Hannah Ditzler gave a “strong performance” in goal, according to Tetzlaff.

In Thursday’s win at Mercy-San Francisco, Pinewood received two goals from Courtney Copriviza and one each from Gretchen Olsen, Maddie Augustine and Leah Hess.

Pinewood is not the lone local team contending for a league title in girls soccer. Los Altos can claim the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division crown by beating host Los Gatos in today’s regular-season finale, scheduled 3:30 p.m.

A month ago, Los Altos (7-2-2) eked out a 1-0 home victory against Los Gatos (8-2-1).

The Eagles (10-3-3 overall) last week followed a 1-0 loss at Homestead Feb. 6 with a 2-0 win over visiting Gunn Friday. Sophia Hyver (header) and Tess Wendelken scored in the victory, assisted by Stephanie Kouvelas and Allie Crum, respectively.

St. Francis, the second seed in the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, routed No. 7 Sacred Heart Cathedral 4-0 in Saturday’s opening round. The host Lancers (16-2-1 overall) led 3-0 at halftime.

Megan Keeth finished with two goals for St. Francis; Cristina Polini and Sophia Villata tallied one each.

The Lancers were scheduled to face No. 3 Valley Christian in Tuesday’s semifinals (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline). The winner advances to Thursday’s final, set for 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis.

Boys soccer

Mountain View clinched its fourth consecutive SCVAL De Anza Division title – and fifth overall – in “very exciting fashion,” coach Jim McGuirk said.

The host Spartans edged second-place Santa Clara 3-2 Feb. 6, overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the second half. After Guillermo Burger scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game, sweeper Travis Pinkner scored on a header off a throw-in by Cameron Lesslie with under a minute left.

Lesslie scored the first goal for the Spartans (7-1-2, 13-2-3)

It’s been a tying season for Los Altos, which played Gunn and Homestead to draws last week. The Eagles have five ties, two wins and four losses in De Anza Division play.

After a scoreless game against Homestead Feb. 6, the Eagles tied Gunn 1-all Friday on a goal from Matt Schonher, assisted by Josh Stephens.

Girls basketball

Pinewood held on for a 55-50 win at Menlo Friday to cap round-robin play in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. The Panthers – up 10 to start the fourth quarter – trailed 50-49 with two minutes left but rallied with a 6-0 spurt to close the contest.

Gabi Bade paced Pinewood with 16 points and Marissa Hing scored 13. The Panthers made eight of their 14 3-point shots.

As the second seed in the WBAL playoffs, Pinewood (8-2, 19-5) advances directly to the semifinals, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mercy-San Francisco.

St. Francis concluded WCAL round-robin play with a 29-23 win at Presentation Feb. 6. Jennifer Lucian scored 13 points for the Lancers (8-4, 18-6).

St. Francis, the third seed in the WCAL playoffs, was scheduled to host No. 6 Valley Christian Tuesday. The winner moves on to Thursday’s semifinals.

Boys basketball

Mountain View routed visiting Homestead 53-34 Friday in SCVAL De Anza Division action. The Spartans jumped to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter.

Brian Kaestner totaled 20 points and Nick Wang had 15 for Mountain View (6-4, 13-9).

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