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

Foothill fundraiser features gem sale

The Foothill Commission has scheduled the “Foothill Is a Gem Fundraiser” 4-6 p.m. Friday in the Campus Center Dining Room at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Jewelry showcased at the event includes earrings, hair combs, mixed-media amulets and necklaces.

Many of the featured pieces are from the collection of Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, who owns a gallery of couture costume items from the New York-based Lunch at The Ritz and San Francisco-based artist Masha Archer. Miner will be on hand at 5 p.m. to share the stories behind some of the key pieces from her extensive collection.

All artisans donate a percentage of their sales to Foothill’s nonprofit Stretch to Kindergarten program and Family Engagement Institute (FEI). FEI provides educational opportunities for underserved families with children. Stretch to Kindergarten is a tuition-free, parent-participation readiness program that offers low-income children support to transition into kindergarten.

A $20 tax-deductible donation is requested. Parking for the event is free. Lots 1 and 2-A provide access to the Campus Center.

The all-volunteer Foothill Commission supports the students, programs and services at the college. Local residents are invited to join the commission, which operates under the auspices of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

For more information, visit www.foothill.edu or email Foothill Commissioner Carla Stevenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library hosts talk on heirloom gardens

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the program “Growing an Heirloom Garden” 7 p.m. June 5 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Photographer and author Rosalind Creasy will present an illustrated lecture on how to select, grow and cook with heirloom vegetables. She will also discuss how to find heirloom varieties of flowers like Love-Lies-Bleeding, Love-in-a-Puff, old roses and sweet peas.

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

Egyptian belly dancer visits Los Altos

The Soraya Zayed Dinner and Dance Show is scheduled 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday in Mirage Hall, 4926 El Camino Real, Los Altos.

The evening will include a Mediterranean buffet 7-9 p.m., a dance show headlined by Zayed 8:30-10 p.m. and DJ music and dancing 10-11:30 p.m.

Zayed, one of the top belly dancers in Egypt, mixes her Brazilian training with Middle Eastern passion.

Tickets are $60.

To purchase tickets, visit sorayashow.brownpapertickets.com.

While in Los Altos, Zayed will teach two-day workshops at Hala Dance Company Saturday and Sunday at Mirage Hall.

For more information on the workshops, call (408) 246-1129 or visit www.haladance.com.

Relay For Life revs up June 15, 16

The 10th annual Relay For Life of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills is scheduled 10 a.m. June 15 to 10 a.m. June 16 on the track at Egan Junior High School, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fund- raiser, invites local residents to participate in a 24-hour walk designed to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who have died of the disease and fight back by raising money for research.

To volunteer, register, donate and for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org and search for “Los Altos” or “94022.”

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