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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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Rosemary McAndrews: Early local business leader, mentor to women


Photo By: Courtesy of PaloAltoHistory.com and Palo Alto Historical Association Archives
Photo Courtesy Of Paloaltohistory.com And Palo Alto Historical Association Archives Rosemary McAndrews oversaw a major overhaul of Stanford Shopping Center beginning in the mid-1970s.

 

Rosemary McAndrews, a self-made woman who emerged as a leader in business in an age dominated by men, died May 17. The Mountain View resident was 92.

Without any formal education beyond high school, the Butte, Mont., native successfully climbed the corporate ladder from the position of secretary at Stanford University to director of Stanford Shopping Center.

Smart, strong-willed and determined, Mrs. McAndrews made a notable impact in her many endeavors. As a property manager, she was integral in updating the name of Stanford Industrial Park to the current Stanford Research Park. At Stanford Shopping Center, she oversaw a major expansion beginning in the mid-1970s with a layout that realized her vision of a European street market. She retired in 1993.

Architect John Field recalled his collaboration with Mrs. McAndrews on the center as “one of the most creative” of his career.

Commenting on the website Paloaltohistory.com, Field said: “At that time (1970s), the center was a major holding of the university’s portfolio, and we were violating every rule used by the big developers. We were even told that without enclosing the center, no major retailer would put a store there. That took courage and conviction on Rosemary’s part.”

Prominent Palo Alto resident Boyd Smith, speaking at her June 6 service, described Mrs. McAndrews as a woman of "pluck and vision." He said she persuaded the men of major department stores in San Francisco to locate branches in a new mall at Stanford.

Mrs. McAndrews served the community in a number of roles. She was president of the Stanford Faculty Club as a nonfaculty member, headed the Stanford Historical Society and was a member of the Mountain View Visual Arts Committee.

“She was a mentor for women,” said her daughter, Lisa. “She was always advocating for women taking on bigger positions and earning better salaries.”

In her free time, she was an avid hiker who enjoyed art history.

“I admired her for creating friendships throughout her life,” said Lisa, who noted friendships that lasted 60 years.

Too poor to attend college, Mrs. McAndrews placed tremendous value on education, her daughter said.

“She made sure I went to college and to grad school,” Lisa said.

Los Altos resident Cathie Perga became friends with Mrs. McAndrews about 10 years ago, when they played bridge together. "I can tell you she was a formidable opponent," Perga said. "She and her partner, Elayne Woulfe, were almost impossible to beat."

Perga added: "Rosemary's wit was well known. Her conversation was such that you wanted more. She could come up with a great quotation, often Shakespeare, that was perfect for the situation!"

Lisa said her mother was in “fantastic shape” until the last six months of her life.

Mrs. McAndrews is preceded in death by her husband, John McAndrews. She is survived by her daughter Lisa McAndrews and three grandchildren: Evan McAndrews Frogley, Laurel McAndrews Frogley and Colin McAndrews McGuirk. Services were held June 6 at Stanford Memorial Church.

Her ashes were scattered last weekend along Waddell Creek north of Santa Cruz.

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