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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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Mother-daughter survivors join in fight against cancer by walking Relay For Life


Photo By: Sophie Ho/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Sophie Ho/Special To The Town Crier

Mother and daughter Jeanne MacVicar and Bryn Pennington of Los Altos will join in the fight against cancer by participating in the upcoming Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Relay For Life event.

There are many moving events at the annual Relay For Life of Los Altos, the community’s 24-hour fundraising walk for cancer research, but few are as touching as the Survivor Lap.

With music bumping in the background, cancer survivors take to the Egan Junior High School track to walk a victory lap cheered by friends and family. Their supporters, referred to as “caregivers,” later walk their own lap. These moments are a way to honor survivors and caregivers, a reminder to all participants that the fight against cancer is hardly fought alone.

In past years, Los Altos resident and Relay organizer Jeanne MacVicar walked the survivors lap, having defeated breast cancer 27 years ago. Her daughter, Bryn Pennington, walked as her caregiver.

But this year, mother and daughter will participate as cancer survivors in the relay, scheduled June 15 and 16.  Pennington was diagnosed in April with liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer that manifested in her leg.

“There is a saying that, ‘Our family had cancer, but I showed the symptoms,’” MacVicar said. “That was true for us 27 years ago, and now our family has cancer again. Except this time, Bryn has the symptoms.”

After receiving treatment, Pennington is now cancer free. She attributes her recovery and health to the support of friends, doctors and family.

“I hope anyone who gets cancer will feel the love and support that I’ve had from my family and parents,” Pennington said. “It’s changed my life for good.”

Relay For Life has been another pillar of support for Pennington and MacVicar. Having been heavily involved in organizing and participating in the event since the start, MacVicar attested to the power Relay has in showing survivors that they are not alone.

“Ultimately, everyone walks away from Relay feeling stronger and that they can go forward,” MacVicar said. “Cancer can be a very lonely disease. When you get a group together to talk about their experiences, that is very powerful.”

For Pennington, participating in Relay was initially a way to support her mother and remember those affected by cancer. This year, she’ll be able to benefit from the event in a different way.

“There is something qualitatively different being in a field with a thousand people who are all there because they love someone who is a cancer survivor or they want to remember someone who had cancer,” Pennington said. “That’s a very human experience. It’s a very beautiful experience to have.”

Relay For Life is scheduled 10 a.m. June 15 to 10 a.m. June 16 at Egan, 100 W. Portola Ave. To register or for more information, visit relayforlife.org.

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