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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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MVHS French students take home national honors


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presents awards to the Mountain View High School students who competed in “Le Grand Concours.” Pictured, from left, are Jason Gravett, Charleen Wang, Sophia Karolczak, Sheila Steine, Alaisha Sharma and Groves.

More than 200 Mountain View High School students studying French participated in “Le Grand Concours,” a national contest that pits French students against each other in listening, reading and structures skills.

Marie Thuillier and Clotilde Grès, French teachers at Mountain View High, said they were thrilled with the experience and the results. This year, only students enrolled in French levels 2 through 5 Honors participated. The teachers said they hope all levels will participate next year.

Students who achieved the highest scores received medals and certificates of recognition last month. Alaisha Sharma, who takes level 2 French, earned a perfect score and ranked first nationally. Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presented Sharma with a gold medal and plaque for her achievement.

James Hulett and Ryan Tawbi received bronze medals with the highest score for level 3; Karina Fong-Hirschfelder earned a silver medal for level 4AP, ranking third nationally; and Justine Fanget recorded the highest score for level 5 Honors. Students in levels 2-4 received a total of 21 bronze medals.

When presenting the awards, Groves reminded students of the importance of learning a language in today’s world and encouraged them to remember that communication is more important than verb conjugations.

“I believe that learning multiple languages is an essential skill for the 21st century,” Groves said. “I am delighted that so many of our students are enrolled in world languages and excelling.”

Donations from parents, the Parent Teacher Student Association and the MVLA district fund students’ participation in the national contests in French and Spanish.

The American Association of Teachers of French sponsors “Le Grand Concours.”

“As the president of the Northern California AATF chapter, I am really proud to have our students participate in this contest, and I thank our parents for their generous donations,” Grès said.

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