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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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NANCY JOAN NAPOLI


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March 30, 1938 – January 21, 2013

After a lifetime of devotion to family, education and friends, Nancy Joan Napoli died peacefully on January 21, 2013 following a brief illness. She was 74 years old.

She was born Nancy Joan Blanchard on March 30, 1938 in Sacramento, California to Adrien and Alice Blanchard. A fourth-generation native Californian, she graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento and the University of California at Berkeley. At Cal, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and a proud Golden Bear during the Joe Kapp years. While there, she met and fell in love with her future husband, Robert “Bob” Napoli, an engineering student who was working as a “hasher” in the sorority house. In 1959 they married and moved to Marin County, where she taught second grade for four years at Santa Margarita Elementary School in San Rafael.

In 1966 Bob and Nancy moved with their one year-old daughter Alison to Sunkist Lane in Los Altos. Their son Steve was born in 1968, and over the next many years Nancy filled her life with mothering, friends (the Friday Park Group), and countless hours of school volunteering. Once the kids were older, Nancy channeled her seemingly limitless energy into starting two different small businesses and also worked as a bookkeeper in a doctor’s office. However, she soon realized her true passion was teaching, and in the late 1990’s she renewed her credential and landed a job as a fifth grade teacher at Slater Elementary School in Mt. View, where she taught for over ten years. She loved teaching 5th graders, was passionate about the 5th grade curriculum and reveled in introducing her students to new ideas and experiences.

In 2002 Nancy retired from teaching to devote time to her newest passion – her grandchildren. Olivia, James and Sophie were the lucky recipients of time, love and attention from Grammy. Never one to sit around, Nancy also enjoyed attending her thrice-weekly Jackie Sorenson aerobic dance class (of which she was a 25+ year member), getting together with her college sorority sisters and high school friends, reading with her book group, visiting her friend Judy Bell on Maui and attending the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland with Julie Grantz, Starbucks coffee mornings with Jolly, Helen and Sue, and tutoring with Reading Partners. She also loved gardening, especially growing and sharing her tomatoes and roses.

Nancy is survived by her brother, Bob Blanchard (and wife Barbara), her children, Alison Napoli Leupold (and husband Rob) and Steve Napoli (and wife Lisa) and three grandchildren: Olivia, James and Sophie Leupold. She also leaves behind countless family and friends who will miss her generous spirit, sparkling eyes, and easy smile.

A Celebration of Nancy’s Life will be held on Friday, March 22 at 11:30AM at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos. To honor Nancy’s passion and commitment to experiential learning and outdoor education, the family requests that contributions in Nancy’s honor be made to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, 11000 Pescadero Road, La Honda, CA 94020.

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