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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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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Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC schedules immigration events

Los Altos United Methodist Church’s Bold Service and Social Justice Committee has scheduled two events that highlight immigration reform. Both programs will be held in the church’s Creekside Center at 655 Magdalena Ave.

The programs are part of the 11-day Immigration Fast and Vigil by members of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View that begins today. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network inspired the fast, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Peninsula Interfaith Action Network. During the fast, various churches will host the group for one day and one night.

• 7-8:30 p.m. Monday: The program will include information on why legislators introduced immigration reform, testimonies from immigrants, an explanation of the proposed reform bill and a review of statewide immigration issues. The gathering will also feature information on how faith communities can get involved in the debate.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday: The program will include two short movies, “A Borderless Dream” and “El Hielo,” followed by discussion. Participants are invited to bring a lunch.

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit laumc.org.

Foothills Congregational sponsors rummage sale

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled its annual Foothills Fabulous Rummage Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The sale will feature a wide selection of items, including housewares, toys, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods, furniture, books and designer clothing.

During the rummage sale, church members will host a bake- sale fundraiser to benefit a youth mission trip to build a house on the San Carlos Apache reservation.

For more information, call 948-8430 or visit www.foothills-church.org.

LAUMC hosts Master Sinfonia concert

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to host the final Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra concert of the season 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 655 Magdalena Road.

The concert will feature works including Carl Maria von Weber’s “Overture to Der Freischütz,” Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish.”

Tickets, $16-$20, are available online and at the door.

For tickets and more information, visit www.mastersinfonia.org.

Methodist Women hold annual rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will offer a selection of clothing, baby furnishings, toys, books, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, electronics, garden items, sports equipment, jewelry, collectibles and more.

A Quality Corner will feature finer items and antiques.

Lunch will be available both days at a food truck.

The Los Altos United Methodist Women sponsor the sale. Proceeds support local, national and global charities and missions, including the Community Services Agency, the Community Breast Health Program, the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy, Pathways Hospice and the Support Network for Battered Women.

For more information, call Patricia at 948-1083, ext. 122, or visit laumc.org.

LAUMC presentation addresses ‘Terrible 2s’

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled the presentation “The Terrible 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s: Parenting Strategies for Difficult Behavior” 7-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The presentation is designed for parents whose children whine, disrespect others and suffer sleep and toilet-training problems.

Dr. Damon Korb, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician and founder of the Center for Developing Minds in Los Gatos, will discuss the impact of temperament on behavior, children’s needs for healthy development and treatment options.

Korb’s practice specializes in caring for children and young adults who struggle with behavioral issues, learning difficulties, attention problems, social skills deficits and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Admission is open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.

To register and for more information, visit childrenscenterpreschool.org.

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