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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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’Passport to Tanzania’ benefit supports orphanage in Africa


Photo By: Courtesy of Friends of Children Concern Foundation
Photo Courtesy Of Friends Of Children Concern Foundation

Betsy Collard, back left, of Mountain View and KC Cannon, third from left, of Menlo Park visit staff members and children at the Children Concern Foundation, an orphanage in Tanzania. The two women, who founded a nonprofit organization to support the orphanage, have scheduled a fundraiser Saturday.

Africa may be thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, but two local residents are bringing it closer to home at “Passport to Tanzania,” the inaugural fundraiser for an orphanage on the road to the Serengeti region.

The benefit, scheduled 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave. in Menlo Park, will feature wine tasting, appetizers, desserts, silent and live auctions, African music and the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit Friends of Children Concern Foundation (CCF), dedicated to helping orphans in Tanzania. Auto Vino will offer guests a look at more than 50 vintage and exotic cars not usually on display to the public.

Mountain View resident Betsy Collard and KC Cannon of Menlo Park organized the event, which they said aims to provide guests with a view of a “very different world” and a chance to be part of a journey that can change the lives of children at the CCF orphanage.

In addition to Collard and Cannon, the event committee includes, among others, Jane Reed and Dorothy Rosenthal of Los Altos and Jan Carey and Lisa Lane Kasperzak of Mountain View.

Collard first visited the orphanage in 2011 when she traveled to Tanzania to celebrate a clinic opening for Maasai women and children and to go on a safari.

“We stopped at the home where 36 children, ages 4-16, lived in a small, cramped, rented house,” she said. “There was no electricity, no place for the children to play, and they slept two or three to a bed. I fell in love with the children. When I returned to the U.S., I vowed to do what I could to help these children.”

Collard approached Cannon, a longtime friend who also had a passion for Africa. Together, the women established the nonprofit organization committed to providing the children with a safe living environment, education, access to medical care and hope for a better future.

“The orphanage receives no government assistance and currently depends entirely on donations from tourists who stop on their way to a safari, just as we did,” Cannon said. “Often, especially during the heavy rainy season, there is not enough money for food.”

By Tanzanian law, orphans are not allowed to be adopted and are only allowed to live with family members willing to care for them.

Collard and Cannon have made several trips to Tanzania to visit the children and help the staff. Friends of CCF has raised funds to support the facility’s operational costs and enabled the purchase of a few acres of land for a permanent home.

Tanzanian vocalist and songwriter Erica Lulakwa, a drummer and other musicians will perform at “Passport to Tanzania.” Auction items will include an African safari and other trips, artwork, wine and gift certificates for local restaurants. Guests will have an opportunity to support the orphanage by participating in the Make-A-Difference Appeal.

Tickets are $95 per person, with a portion tax deductible.

For tickets and more information, call Collard at 969-0217 or Cannon at 561-4838; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit www.childrenconcern.org.

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