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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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Local audiologist debuts 3-D hearing aid


Photo By: Courtesy of Pacific Hearing Service
Photo Courtesy Of Pacific Hearing Service

Pacific Hearing Service audiologists will unveil the Oticon Alta advanced hearing aid March 5 and 6.

Pacific Hearing Service has introduced a new discreet hearing device that can deliver personalized sound experiences. The Los Altos-based business is scheduled to unveil the new Oticon Alta and other advanced hearing aids March 5 and 6 at its offices at 496 First St., Suite 120.

“Most people assume that when it comes to sound quality, people with hearing difficulties prefer louder,” said Dr. Deborah Clark, co-owner and clinical audiologist at Pacific Hearing Service. “In fact, those with hearing loss, like most people, have a wide range of preferences for what sounds best to them.”

According to Clark, the way people experience sound is as individual as a fingerprint.

“We all have our own hearing preferences,” she said. “It has to do with how the individual brain ‘hears.’ This uniqueness is especially important to anyone coping with hearing loss. The traditional one-sound-fits-all designs are not very satisfying. Now there are many better options.”

The Oticon Alta is vastly different from previous hearing aids that assumed the same setting would satisfy everyone, Clark said. The new hearing device works in harmony with the user’s brain so that users can differentiate sounds and hear more clearly, even when they move from one difficult listening situation to another.

The improved technology enables Oticon Alta users to join in conversations more easily – even in noisy environments, like restaurants, when a number of people are talking at the same time combined with the background of the clatter of dishes and other conversations. Because Alta users hear in 3-D, they have an improved capability to follow conversations coming from different directions. The device adjusts automatically as its user turns from one conversation to another.

“We use sound samples and questions about personal preferences to help our patients choose the sound quality that is most clear and pleasant to them,” Clark said. “This allows us to customize the hearing aid settings for each individual.”

Invitations to the event are available to all interested parties.

For invitations and more information, call 941-0664 or visit www.PacificHearingService.com.

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