Mon10202014

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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Community Briefs

‘Young at Art’ reception set for Friday

The “Young at Art” reception is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday at Nature Gallery, 296 State St., Los Altos.

The reception, which takes place during the monthly First Friday event, will celebrate young artists and their teachers. Winning works from six area high schools will be on display in the gallery showroom.

For more information, call 327-8700.

Hidden Villa offers plant sales Saturday

Hidden Villa has scheduled two plant sales 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Members of the California Native Plant Society will sell natives plants from their nursery, and Hidden Villa’s agriculture team will offer plant starts for garden produce.

For more information, visit www.hiddenvilla.org.

Terraces sponsors dementia discussion

The Grove at The Terraces at Los Altos has scheduled the presentation “New Trends in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care – The Best Friends Approach” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program will feature David Troxel, an internationally known authority on dementia care, and a panel of local residents involved in caring for people with dementia.

For more information, call 948-8291 or visit www.abhow.com/tlagrove.

Library hosts talk on beekeeping

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the presentation “Beekeeping with Wayne Pitts” 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Pitts, expert beekeeper and owner of Uvas Gold Apiary, will discuss raising honeybees. The interactive class will feature live bees (enclosed in a hive), beekeeping equipment and honey samples.

For more information, call the library at 948-7683.

Pandemonium Aviaries opens for tours

Pandemonium Aviaries has scheduled behind-the-scenes tours of its rare-bird conservation facility in Los Altos Hills 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 and 12.

The Mother’s Day Weekend Bird and Garden Tours feature family-friendly guided tours of the facility’s gardens and habitats for its exotic, endangered birds.

Tickets are $75 adults, $35 youth and free for children under 3. Box lunches are available with advance purchase for $20.

A Music in the Garden event featuring flamenco guitarist Freddy Clarke and wine and hors d’oeuvres is scheduled 4-6 p.m. May 11 at the aviary. Pandemonium Aviaries CEO Michele Raffin will lead a tour. Tickets are $150.

Proceeds support bird care and the breeding program.

The facility is usually closed to the public. The location will be disclosed upon ticket purchase.

To schedule a tour or for more information, visit www.SupportBirds.org.

Library reviews Internet security programs

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the presentation “Internet Security Review” 1-3 p.m. May 19 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Presenters will offer practical introductions to and simple explanations of basic encryption programs that can be installed on computers. The programs, coupled with suggested methods of Internet searching, help maximize privacy for computer files and Internet transactions.

Volunteers will assist attendees one-on-one and in small groups to select, download, install and configure several programs.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

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