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.

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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. ...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

Local poet pays tribute to community librarians


What to name a new column that will feature rhyming verse? Well, you see what I’ve come up with. Your suggestions would be most welcome, as would any other comments on a column dedicated to poetry that rhymes (most of the time) and consists of verses about the world around us. Welcome, and enjoy (I do hope!).

Buckle your seat belts. The rhyming is about to start. But first, the background on my first column’s poem.

Local libraries ain’t what they used to be. Neither are librarians. Few other professionals have changed so much with the times, yet done so as quietly (as befits a library, after all). This tribute to the Los Altos community librarian, recited at the end of the last century, applies as well to her counterparts everywhere and is still true today. Following are excerpts from my original poem.

‘Overdue’

Our early years were by the book

We crawled with Dick and Jane

We walked with Halliburton

And we ran with Charlemagne

We lived with Captain Marvel

Comic heroes filled the house

Today, the world is different

Lucky kids own Mighty Mouse

In the Information Age

Kids with Jack stand beanstalk tall

Hopeful families surf the Web

Hapless families walk the mall

Enter: the Librarian

Equalizer in the ’hood

She who has a way with words

Stands now where the Fates once

stood

Say you need a current source

To finish up your homework

Or want an arcane meaning

checked

For a lifetime’s tome-work

Yet you lack the wherewithal

To find websites that intrigue

Just set foot in her domain –

Every boot is Seven League

Yesteryear’s librarian

Tidy and methodical

Had a place for everything

(Book or periodical)

Anchoring her reference desk

The encyclopedia

Could she guess her treasured

stacks

Would go multimedia?

Pity our librarian

Her good old days, off they flew

Facing our librarian

Tasks no Hercules could do

What’s it take to just keep up?

Attributes of Superman?

So the fateful question comes

Who is our librarian?

(Or ask, a la Steven King,

What is our librarian?)

She must have the strength of ten

So is she more than human?

Who’s beneath that chic disguise?

Perhaps she’s Wonder Woman

(With all that Web acumen

She could be Spider Woman!)

She doesn’t need her “powers”

To hear a distant drumming

Doesn’t need two X-ray eyes

To see tomorrow coming

There upon the Internet

Far out where the future calls

Reading rooms that have no books

Libraries that have no walls

Brave new dreams has she to lend

Borrow from her, as you should

Honor your librarian

Our Info Age Robin Hood

Bob Simon is a Los Altos resident. For more information or to comment, call him at 948-9054 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos