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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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Cantor director discusses worth, value of art in Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation


Photo By: Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn Tomaino/ Special To The Town Crier

Connie Wolf, director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, addresses The Morning Forum of Los Altos April 16.

As French novelist Marcel Proust wrote, “The voyage of discovery consists of not seeing new landscapes but learning new ideas.”

Connie Wolf, director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, wove Proust’s theme through her April 16 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Art, Is It Worth It? What Makes Art Valuable?”

Wolf came to the Cantor in January 2012, a transformative time that saw the opening of the Bing Music Center, a new building under construction for the Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson American Art Collection, and an adjacent building that will house Stanford’s Art and Art History departments.

Wolf graduated from Stanford University in 1981. Before joining the Cantor Arts Center, she was a Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Arts and Humanities Division, associate director of education at the Whitney Museum of American Art and director and CEO of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Wolf said experiencing art can act as a springboard, prompting new ideas.

“Thinking about a specific painting or art object can lead to questions that impact other disciplines, like science or medicine,” she said.

As an example, Wolf related how a Stanford Hospital hand surgeon was fascinated by the Cantor’s Rodin sculpture collection. As he studied their hands, he realized that they portrayed a medical condition he could incorporate into his practice and brought his medical students to look for themselves.

Conversely, Wolf said, science can lead to research can lead to art. Stanford University founder Leland Stanford asked photographer Eadweard Muygridge to research whether horses hooves ever leave the ground at once. Muygridge’s series of photographs eventually led to the development of motion pictures.

Not every piece of art will speak to everyone – sometimes a different concept takes time to understand. Wolf recounted the installation of a large red Calder sculpture in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., courtesy of a 1960s National Endowment for the Arts grant.

“What does it mean? And why is it only red?” were initial reactions.

The sculpture gradually became an icon featured on city buses and ultimately built community, drawing large crowds around it for city ceremonies.

“The role of art museums is changing over time, with education about art as front and center,” she said.

Wolf cited the examples of the “How We MET” campaign in New York City, which allows visitors to contribute their opinions about what they saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the New York Museum of Modern Art’s “I went to the MOMA because …” public outreach.

She wants Cantor visitors to look at art in a new way and ask questions about it. In particular, she hopes children benefit from experiencing art on site, supported by the Cantor’s recently introduced family programs.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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