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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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Los Altos History Museum fashion show, luncheon features local businesses, residents


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Alison Lindell, left, and her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, will model clothing from Hartman’s Fashions during the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming fashion-show fundraiser.

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its fifth fashion show and luncheon, “Imagine,” 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 at the University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

The event will feature local residents as models and area businesses spotlighting their products and services. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.

“We’re showcasing our own local talent, and our wide array of local shopping,” said Ann Oliver, event co-chairwoman.

Co-chairwoman Marilyn Henderson noted that “the variety of fashions available to us right here is amazing.”

“Imagine” is scheduled the Friday before Mother’s Day, so the show will feature many family connections, according to Maureen Fraser, the co-chairwoman who coordinated the models.

The participating models:

• Vicki Oldberg, a Los Altos resident since 1970, will be joined by her granddaughter, Cailin.

• Edinburgh native Alison Lindell will model with her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, and her fifth-grade granddaughter, Avery Biczek.

• Historical Commissioners Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Kristin Baker and Planning Department member Yvonne Dupont will represent the city of Los Altos.

• Karen Bonke and her daughter, Bryn Fenton, will walk the runway, as will Fran Henderson and her daughter and granddaughter, Carol and Brooke Danaher.

• Sisters Kathy Lera and Patty Thompson will model with Patty’s twins, Abbie and Jackson.

• Museum staffer Aja Sorensen, who will be a new mom in August, will model with her mother, LouAnn Barr.

• Amy Lynch, Sheri King, Pat Booth and Mary Tan round out the local cast, with Liz Nyberg returning as master of ceremonies.

“Each time, we find something amazing to wear, for every age and figure type,” Fraser said. “I love that I don’t have to go far to look great.”

The models will showcase fashions from Apricot Lane, Cambric, Chico’s, Gitane, Kula Sweet, Hartman’s Fashions, Oz Boutique, Shunzi, Stuart’s Apparel and Yum Yum Tree.

A boutique will feature unique items from BK Collectibles, Cranberry Scoop, Gourmet Works and local artisan Diane Aristarco Fujimoto. The event will also include a display of historical fashions and a raffle.

Edward and Pamela Taft are majors underwriters of the fundraiser. Marich Confectionery, Mary Kay Cosmetics and the Los Altos Town Crier also support the event.

Prepaid reservations are required, as seating is limited. Tickets are $65 for museum members, $80 for nonmembers.

For tickets and more information, call Aja Sorensen at 948-9427, ext. 14; visit www.losaltoshistory.org; or stop by the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

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