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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Schools Briefs

Loyola K-Kids continue eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, will attempt to set a club record during its eighth annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students have set a goal of collecting 1,500 pairs of eyeglasses.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 9,000 pairs in eight years with the help of the public and local storeowners who offer space for donation boxes.

The glasses are sent to Direct Relief International in Goleta, where they are repaired, prescriptions identified and distributed to those who need them in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Donation boxes are available at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave.; Los Altos Bakery, 692 Fremont Ave.; the Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main St.; Heritage Bank of Commerce, 419 S. San Antonio Road; Wildberry Yogurt, 656 Fremont Ave.; Brian’s Restaurant, 680 Fremont Ave.; Kumon Learning Center, 1780 Miramonte Ave.; Eye Lite Optometry, 286 State St.; and the El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road.

Egan Junior High offers parent info events

Egan Junior High School has scheduled information events for parents of new students and students currently in the sixth grade. Parents are invited to tour the campus, observe classroom activities and ask questions.

Tours are scheduled 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30-10:45 a.m. and 7-8:15 p.m. March 27.

The hourlong sessions feature a presentation by the principal, current student perspectives, questions and answers, and a quick campus tour. All tours will offer the same information, but the evening program will not include a campus tour.

Egan Junior High is located at 100 W. Portola Ave. in Los Altos. The school serves seventh- and eighth-grade students who reside in the Los Altos School District.

For more information, call 917-2200.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

The program reaches all grade levels within the district and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies.

A docent, an assistant docent and one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

Training and materials are provided. Training sessions are scheduled 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, April 1 and April 15 in Conference Room 2 at the district offices, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.

For more information, call program director Mike Sanderson at 947-1103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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