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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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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Sports on the Side

Ride registration

Registration for the Sequoia Century Bicycle Ride – set for June 2 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills – is under way. Organized by the Western Wheelers Bicycle Club, the ride offers three routes through the mountains to the coast and back (100 and 200 kilometers and 100 miles) and another through Saratoga, Los Altos Hills and Portola Valley (50 miles). Registration is $60 through May 19 and $75 after that. To register, visit www.westernwheelers.org/sequoia.

Pole presentation

REI in Mountain View is scheduled to host a free presentation, “Poles for Hiking and Outdoor Exercise,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Jayah Faye Paley, creator of the award-winning DVD “Poles for Hiking, Trekking & Walking,” will demonstrate how using poles engages the entire body while hiking or walking. REI is located at 450 Charleston Road. To reserve a seat, visit www.rei.com/mountainview.

Spring hoops camp

Spartan Sports Camp’s Spring Break Basketball Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon April 8-12 at Mountain View High. It is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8. Led by Mountain View coaches and alumni, the camp will focus on shooting, ball handling and defense. Cost is $195. For more information or to register, call 479-5906 or visit www.SpartansSportsCamp.com.

Baseball tryouts

The Mavericks – Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball’s 8-and-under club team – have scheduled tryouts 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Cooper Park in Mountain View. The season runs March through May. Players must preregister to try out. For more information, visit www.lamvpb.org.

Special coaches sought

The Special Olympics of Santa Clara County needs coaches. For more information, visit www.sonc.org.

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