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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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Los Altos Rotary Club members donate to local nonprofit groups


Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos Rotary Club
Photo Courtesy Of Los Altos Rotary Club

A Community Health Awareness counselor works with a student. CHAC recently received a Rotary Club of Los Altos grant.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently awarded community grants to local nonprofit organizations, underwritten with proceeds from the 2012 Rotary Fine Art in the Park show.

A dozen groups requested more than $40,000 in funding during the spring application period. The Rotary Endowment Fund donated $10,835 to seven recipients in amounts ranging from $750 to $2,000.

According to Rotary officials, recent requests have run three to four times higher than the available funds. Community Grants Chairman Jerry Moison heads a committee of 12 Rotarians who select the recipients based on their services and need.

This spring’s grant winners and causes include:

• Community Health Awareness Council: Provides counseling for youth in grades K-12.

• STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College: Reinforces high school juniors and seniors, with a focus on female and underprepared students, in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

• Bus Barn Theater: Underwrites tickets for local students to attend performances of “The Fantasticks.”

• Vida Verde: Provides scholarships that allow low-income children to attend the outdoor environmental camp for students in grades 3-6 in San Mateo County public schools.

• Family Supportive Housing: Provides homework tutors for homeless children in San Jose.

• Music for Minors: Purchases pitch pipes for choral students.

• Child Advocates: Improves the reliability of its computers for programs that assist foster children.

The Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund accepts community grant requests twice a year. The spring submission deadline is April 1 and the fall deadline is Oct. 1.

To access a grant application form, visit www.losaltosrotary.org/Production/LAREFguidelines.html.

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