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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

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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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MICHAEL ANTHONY ODELLO


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June 4, 1920 to April 3, 2013

Los Altos resident Michael Anthony Odello, 92, passed away April 3, 2013 at El Camino Hospital after suffering a stroke at home.

Michael was born in San Francisco, and shortly after moved with his parents, Anna and Antonio,and his older siblings, Antoinette, Rose, and Frances to Bagnasco, Italy. There he spent his childhood on the family farm, where his younger siblings, Giovanni, Anna, Nancy, and Fiorino were born.

Michael returned to the U.S at the age of 18 and worked at a nursery raising orchids in San Francisco. He entered the army in 1942 and fought in Germany during WWII as a sergeant with the 310th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement in 1945 when he, with three other men, captured 32 enemy soldiers in Angelberg, Germany.

Michael met Emma Mercurio at a picnic in San Francisco, and they married in 1951 and had three daughters, Marilyn, Linda, and Annette. They were stationed in Spokane, Berlin, and later at the Presidio in San Francisco where he served as a Master Sergeant and chief food inspector.

After retiring from the army in 1966, Michael pursued his dream of owning and managing real estate. He obtained his real estate license, attended San Jose State University, and worked as a real estate agent and broker in the Santa Clara area.

Michael was a jack-of-all-trades and physically active throughout his life, making home repairs even in his 90’s. And he insisted on climbing ladders, despite protests by his daughters, often enlisting the aid of his wife of 62 years as an accomplice.

He was the rock of the family. His humor, warmth and wisdom will be sorely missed by his wife, daughters and their spouses, his siblings, grandchildren, family members, friends and business associates.

Services were held on April 20th. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to a charity of your choice.

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