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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

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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Alpaca at Almond School adds up to fundraising success


Photo By: Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Photo Diego Abeloos/Town Crier

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis cozies up to an alpaca named Baby. Fulfilling a promise to students, Davis kissed Baby to mark their fundraising success.

Continuing an eight-year Almond School tradition, students spent three weeks in March donating spare change to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.

The campaign raised $8,379, which when combined with matching funds from an anonymous donor resulted in a total donation of $16,758.

Almond was the top fundraising school in the Bay Area this year and set an all-time “Pennies for Patients” record in the Bay Area.

As promised for topping the 2012 fundraising total, Principal Nancy Davis and teacher Pam Sanderson kissed an alpaca at the school’s weekly assembly. The alpaca, named Baby, was on loan for the occasion from the Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo.

Coordinated by the school’s student council, students employed numerous creative fundraising strategies and incentive programs to best last year’s efforts.

In the past couple of years, Almond has had two students diagnosed with leukemia, according to teacher Sarah Hall.

Hall said the campaign really hit home for students.

“We raised over $7,000 last year. We raised the bar this year to raise at least $7,500,” she said. “With the incentive of the anonymous parent donor, the students were very motivated and rose to the challenge. They have proved to the community that no matter what age, we are all empowered to make a difference. The students are very proud, we are very proud.”

Davis said the project proved a valuable experience for students.

“It taught them that they can make an important difference in the lives of others,” she said. “It is gratifying that our students’ efforts are benefiting an outstanding organization like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

“Pennies for Patients” is among the society’s slate of national School & Youth Programs that raise funds to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and to provide information and support services to patients and their families.

For more information, visit www.schoolandyouth.org.

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