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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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Sports on the Side

TC seeks sports leads

Summer’s here, and that means the high school and college teams the Town Crier usually covers are on a break. The Town Crier sports department doesn’t go on a break, though, and is on the lookout for summer sports stories. If you or someone you know is participating in a sport this summer, please contact Pete Borello for a possible story. Call 948-9000, ext. 315, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches wanted

Mountain View High seeks assistant football coaches (experience preferred) for varsity and frosh-soph. Send resumes to head coach Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (408) 688-6165. Los Altos High needs a frosh-soph boys basketball coach. Send resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to varsity coach Bob McFarlane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SFHS alums hit links

The St. Francis/Holy Cross High School Alumni Association has scheduled its fifth annual golf tournament June 14 at Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club. The shotgun start is slated 1 p.m. and the reception and dinner (featuring prizes, raffle and awards) 7 p.m. on campus. Entry fee is $150; proceeds benefit the school’s financial aid program. For more information, call alumni director Greg Calcagno at 968-1213, ext. 293, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Travel team tryouts

Peninsula Baseball Club of Los Altos Hills has scheduled tryouts next month for its 2013-14 travel baseball teams. The season runs July through May. Tryouts for the 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 16U teams are Sunday and the 13U and 14U tryouts are June 30 at Purissima Little League Fields, 27500 Purissima Road, Los Altos Hills. For more information, contact Melonie Quintell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer sign-ups

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The region serves boys and girls in grades K-12 who live in northern Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. AYSO follows six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. To register or for more information, visit ayso43.org.

Circuit race seeks sponsors

Sponsors are sought for the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” scheduled July 14 on the campus in Los Altos Hills. Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club host the bicycle race, which raises funds to construct a multiuse bike and pedestrian path encircling the 122-acre campus. Organizers seek a title sponsor ($5,000), individual race sponsors ($300-$1,300) and prize sponsors (product donations). In return, sponsors will have their names/logos printed on the back of race T-shirts and on banners around the course, and receive space for a product booth. If interested, contact Brenda Davis-Visas at 949-7033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tennis club invites members

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The longstanding club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, contact membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Special coaches needed

The Special Olympics of Santa Clara County needs coaches for a variety of sports. No prior coaching experience is necessary. For more information and directions to the office, call (408) 392-0170 or visit www.sonc.org.

Summer camp sign-ups

Registration for Spartans Sports Camp’s summer program is under way. Directed by Doug Wiersig, the second-year camp is scheduled Monday through Aug. 2 at Mountain View High. It offers seven sessions of multisport camps (for those entering grades 3-6) and strength and agility camps (grades 6-12), and two sessions of sport-specific camps in basketball, soccer and baseball. In addition, there are advanced camps in girls volleyball and girls water polo, and a boys lacrosse camp. Cost is $195-$275; scholarships are available. Proceeds benefit Mountain View High athletics. To register or for more information, visit www.spartanssportscamp.com.

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