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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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New fund supplements standard cancer treatments with healing touch


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Loved ones held a 50th birthday party for Los Altos resident Joanne Byrne last week, but the guest of honor was not there to celebrate. She died from cancer in 2011 at the age of 47.

Although the outcome of Byrne’s battle leaves friends missing her presence, her vision for providing comfort, care and companionship to single women during cancer treatment has been fulfilled.

To honor her memory, friends and family launched the Joanne Byrne Fund, under the auspices of the Los Altos Community Foundation, during the celebration.

“It was really her dream,” said Byrne’s best friend, Gabrielle Babin of Santa Clara. “She realized that she was lucky to have support. … There are lots of single women without this support.”

During her 2 1/2-year struggle with breast cancer, Byrne sought relief via energy therapy and massage – services not typically covered by insurance.

“The power of touch heals the body as well as the spirit,” said massage therapist Christina Keith, who treated Byrne.

Keith added that the healing therapies benefited Byrne as well as herself.

“I always left feeling better than when I arrived,” she said.

According to Byrne’s sister, Mary Hernandez-Byrne, the fund will call on practitioners and providers who “come highly recommended for their skills but equally for their heart” to identify single women who live or work in Los Altos, Mountain View or Palo Alto and might benefit from the fund.

Grants of $600 enable recipients to choose services such as massage, guided imagery and/or energy therapy that some cancer sufferers believe ease the pain and side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation.

To alleviate what Hernandez-Byrne described as the “loneliness and stigma of a single person in a couple’s world,” the fund will also support recipients by providing transportation to treatments and appointments.

Donors have already contributed $100,000 to the fund.

“This is by far the most successful (memorial fund) we’ve had,” said Ray Lave, executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation. “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, it’s just clear that it’s a great asset.”

To donate to or for more information on the Joanne Byrne Fund, visit losaltoscf.org/joannebyrnefund.

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