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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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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

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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 High School musicians travel to Austria and Germany


Photo By: Courtesy of Julie McAfee
Photo Courtesy Of Julie Mcafee

Los Altos High musicians are scheduled to perform for the community June 11, before embarking on a European tour.

An instrumental music ensemble from Los Altos High School is scheduled to embark on a 15-day concert tour of Austria and Germany at the end of June.

The ensemble has scheduled a send-off concert 7 p.m. June 11 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave. Admission is free. Students will perform their tour repertoire, which includes works by American-born composers George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Frank Ticheli and Steven Schwartz; German-born composers Martin Brugger and Gustav Mahler; and Austrian-born composers Otto Schwartz, Johann Strauss Jr, and Franz Joseph Haydn.

While on tour, the musicians will perform in parks, resorts and churches, with stops in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna.

Ted Ferrucci, Los Altos High instrumental music director, will lead the group of 56 students and 11 adults on the department’s fifth international concert tour. Under Ferrucci’s direction, in 2004 members of the Los Altos High Instrumental Music Department traveled to England on their first international tour and won the silver medal at the London International Wind Band Festival. Since then, the department has traveled internationally every two to three years.

Previous tours have included British Columbia, England, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and France. Participation is open to all students enrolled in the Instrumental Music Department. Students representing the school’s eight instrumental music groups will join forces to create an ensemble.

“When traveling, most schools take only their most experienced musicians,” Ferrucci said. “It is important to me that all students have the opportunity to travel and be part of something bigger than themselves.”

According to Ferrucci, veteran musicians have the opportunity to share their experiences and help develop the talent of younger musicians.

“The tour ensembles always sound fantastic and have won awards at several international competitions,” he said. “I’m proud of what we are able to accomplish musically, and the kids are incredible ambassadors for our school, community and country.”

Diane Wachs, an Instrumental Music Department parent, coordinated the tour. Wachs is familiar with the region and has scheduled a culturally enriching itinerary.

The student ensemble will combine with local student musicians in two of the concerts. The musicians will perform in Geisingen, located on the Danube River; in Bad Dürrheim in the Black Forest; and in Aschau, Bavaria. In Austria, they will perform in Mirabellgarten, where scenes from “The Sound of Music” were filmed; at Fusch in the Austrian Alps; and in Vienna’s world-famous Minoriten Church.

The concert schedule will be intermixed with a variety of cultural experiences. Highlights include a visit to Ulm, birthplace of Albert Einstein; the Mercedes-Benz Museum; Neuschwanstein Castle; Dachau Concentration Camp; the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine; and the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Museum. The travelers can enjoy a boat tour of Lake Königssee, cruise the Danube and attend a concert featuring the Vienna Symphony.

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