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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St. Francis routs Lynbrook 44-19


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

St. Francis High’s Shelbi Aimonetti, shooting against Florin in the NorCal semifinals, totalled 15 points in Saturday’s final.

The contingent of Lynbrook High students brought the noise when their team scored the first basket in Saturday’s Northern California Division II girls basketball final against top seed St. Francis. But they wouldn’t have another basket to cheer until midway through the second quarter.

By then, the Lancers (24-8) were well on their way to a 44-19 victory and the first NorCal title in the program’s history.

“I’m extremely happy and extremely proud of these ladies,” coach Brian Harrigan said.

After surrendering that first hoop – a putback by Jackie Hudepohl – St. Francis reeled off 14 straight points to pull away from the third-seeded Vikings (25-6) at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena. In between 3-pointers by guards Shelbi Aimonetti and Daisha Abdelkader – both of which banked in – the Lancers scored four buckets from inside the paint, two by center Kate Hoey.

“When you come to these arenas, the closer shots you get, the better your percentage is probably going to be,” Harrigan said. “We wanted to be aggressive and take the ball to the basket.”

The Lancers were assertive on defense as well, adding to Lynbrook’s struggles in the cavernous arena that is home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings (for now).

“I think playing in this arena was a little bit different for us,” Vikings coach Cynthia Ting said. “We did not have the same perception of the rim and were not hitting shots we usually hit.”

Lynbrook’s 19 points is the fewest scored by a team in NorCal finals history.

St. Francis, up 17-10 at halftime, held the Vikings to 20 percent shooting from the field Saturday and forced 20 turnovers.

“We hang our hats on defense,” said Harrigan, whose team beat Florin 44-31 in the semifinals with a similarly gritty effort. “But I told them yesterday in practice, ‘If you guys want to go out and score a lot of points, I’ll be fine with that today, too – and in the second half we did that.”

The Lancers scored the first two baskets of the half – on a follow-up shot by forward Jennifer Lucian and a quick drive by Abdelkader – to lead 21-10 with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

A corner 3 by Paige Song – Lynbrook’s only trey of the game – and a free throw from Sarah Dyslin trimmed the deficit to seven points with 1:57 remaining in the third. St. Francis wouldn’t let the Vikings get any closer.

The Lancers capped the quarter on a 6-0 run, scoring on putbacks by Lucian and center Carolyn McGuire and a short-range shot from Abdelkader.

Aimonetti and Lucian took over from there, combining to score St. Francis’ next 15 points. Aimonetti opened the fourth with a 3 from the left baseline and hit a pair of jumpers from just inside the arc during the Lancers’ 15-3 spurt. Lucian drained a turnaround jumper in the middle of the key, converted a fastbreak layup, rattled in a jumper from above the foul line and got free under the basket for an easy layin.

That put St. Francis up 42-17 with 3:23 to play. The only thing left was the celebration.

Although St. Francis had never before reached the NorCal final, Aimonetti expected to get this far.

“I believed we could get here at all times,” said the senior, who scored a game-high 15 points. “From the first practice, our intensity was there. Just starting off in the summer, I think we were prepared and were going to get here.”

The Lancers are slated to return to Sleep Train Arena 2 p.m. Saturday to take on Southern California champ Lynwood (28-5). It will mark Harrigan’s seventh appearance in the title game; the first six came as coach of the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls.

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