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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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A La Carte & Art festival returns to MV’s Castro Street this weekend


Photo By: Courtesy of Miramar Events
Photo Courtesy Of Miramar Events

Visitors to Mountain View’s Ala Carte & Art festival on Castro Street this weekend will find a wide selection of fine art.

Mountain View’s 17th annual A La Carte & Art event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street, between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. This year’s festival honors Cinco de Mayo.

West Coast artists and craftmakers will offer original works in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry and fine art.

“We have many emerging new artists this year joining longtime event favorites,” said Dana Hale-Mounier, coordinator of Pacific Fine Arts, organizer of the artisans. “Festivalgoers will find unique, original art and fine crafts with a variety of price points for personal purchases, gifts or additions to private collections. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists.”

Vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, wind chimes, and waterfalls will be among the items available for purchase.

A lineup of 10 bands will play two days of Latin, classic rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and party music on stages and the street. Performers include the Mariachi Trio Estrellas De Oro, The Garage Band, Zebop, The Retro Rockets, The Bell Brothers, The Road Dogs, Bob Culbertson, Oscar Reynolds, Ancient Winds and Emerson & The Growiser Band.

Vendors will dish up an array of food, including chicken tikka masala, veggie samosas, spiced lamb and chicken pita sandwiches, salads, falafel, tri-tip, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, teriyaki chicken plates, sweet-and-spicy Peking chicken wraps, deep-fried catfish nuggets, jambalaya, baked beans, Cajun-smoked andouille and Portuguese linguica sausages. Wines, microbrewed beers, margaritas, sangria and mimosas are also on the menu.

More than a dozen producers of artisan specialty foods will offer samples of and sell olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustard blends, preserves, marinades, honey products, pepper, spices, nuts and Kona coffee.

Growers from the Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market will be on hand with strawberries, cherries, apricots, asparagus, flavored almonds, pistachios, walnuts and honey.

The Kids’ Ton of Fun Zone will include rides, hula hooping, a 24-foot climbing wall, bungee jumping, inflatables and bounce houses, a remote-controlled NASCAR racetrack, feather hair extensions, face painting and temporary henna tattoos.

The A La Carte & Art classic-car show, sponsored by Hot San Jose Nights, will return this year with muscle cars. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 964-3395 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

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