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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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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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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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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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Kiwanis Club chips in to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide


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The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has joined forces to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2015. A woman in Ghana receives a tetanus shot to increase her chances of healthy future births.

A local community group is playing a role in erasing maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide.

Douglas Roberts, who serves as a director for the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, said his organization is raising funds locally to help eradicate MNT as part of the Eliminate Project – an effort in partnership with Kiwanis International and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The international organizations founded the project in 2011 with the goal of eliminating MNT in impoverished areas throughout the world by 2015. The effort means Kiwanis International must raise $110 million to fund the hiring of medical staffs and provide tetanus vaccinations to more than 100 million mothers and babies.

The local group serves as a “model club” for the global campaign, pledging at least $750 fundraised per member for an overall club goal of more than $20,000.

So far, the club has raised approximately $9,000 – which includes personal commitments of more than $1,000 each by four members.

Among other things, the club donates one vaccination – at a cost of approximately $1.80 per dose – for every Christmas tree sold each holiday season at its local tree lot to support the project.

“We do a lot of fundraising that brings in money here and there, but this is our big one,” Roberts said of his club, known for sponsoring Los Altos’ pet parade each year. “This (project) is important – we want people to patronize our (Christmas) tree lot every year.”

Roberts added that his club is currently creating partnerships with local nonprofit organizations for the effort, leading to approximately $1,000 in cash and pledges received thus far. In addition, the club recently pledged to raise $150 per month earmarked for meals provided at weekly club meetings – and paid for through membership dues – in favor of a monthly potluck.

“We’re committed to bringing our own lunch,” he said. “The money we save will go to Eliminate (Project). We’re scratching for every dollar we can.”

Eradicating MNT

According to UNICEF, MNT infections are common in regions where childbirth deliveries typically occur in unhygienic settings. Worldwide, one baby dies every nine minutes from MNT.

Infections are caused when tetanus spores – found in soil – come into contact with open cuts during birth, leading to heartbreaking and debilitating effects, including painful convulsions and sensitivity to touch and light.

“There are babies dying all the time and it’s a painful death,” said Roberts, a 10-year member of Los Altos Kiwanis. “In fact, it’s so painful that the mothers can’t even touch their babies – they can’t comfort them at all. Can you imagine? There are these unsanitary conditions where babies are born on a dirt floor, the umbilical cord gets cut and it picks up the bacteria. The only way to properly protect the mother and child is with this inoculation.”

To date, the international project has seen its fair share of early success, raising approximately $27 million in cash and pledges through February toward its overall goal. According to Kiwanis International, the effort has led to the elimination of MNT in nine countries – including seven in 2012 alone. Still, 30 countries remain where MNT is prevalent in the poorest communities.

Roberts said that while Christmas trees may be tough to come by in the spring, residents can contribute to the effort year round by donating through the Los Altos Kiwanis Club website.

“The (UNICEF) system is in place – they’ve done all the work creating connections in these countries. All they need now is the money to buy the vaccinations,” Roberts said. “They’re confident that they can eliminate this in the remaining countries in the world. … It’s a big deal.”

To donate or for more information, visit www.losaltoskiwanis.org. Donors can also send contributions to the Los Altos Kiwanis Foundation at PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

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