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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All A’s


Photo By: Courtesy of Keith Higgins
Photo Courtesy Of Keith Higgins

The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League A’s capped a perfect season by winning the Minors AA Division championship Thursday at Purissima Park. Front row, from left Johnny Colet, Sameer Singh, Corey Wang, Cameron Wang, Andy Higgins, Cole Cox, Lance Kluge, Matt Poppitz, Nasir Naqvi, Rohan Agarwal and Matthew Kumpf. Back Coaches An-Ti Wang, Tom Poppitz, Keith Higgins (head coach) and Jeff Cox. Not pictured Player Cedric Chan.

These A’s truly were amazing.

The Athletics of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League completed a perfect season Thursday with a one-run win over the Cubs in the finals of the Minors AA Division tournament.

“Our kids had a season I think many will remember for the rest of their lives,” head coach Keith Higgins said. “We worked very hard, we had a lot of fun, we got a lot better and we had a very successful and rewarding season.”

The A’s finished 23-0, which may make them the first Minors AA squad (ages 8-10) in league history to go undefeated.

“We don’t know for sure – they don’t track every season – but to the best of one of the commissioner’s recall, it’s never happened before,” said Tom Poppitz, A’s assistant coach. “But the 23-0 can’t be disputed – that’s locked in.”

The last five wins came in the 10-team league tournament at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills. The A’s routed the Red Sox 18-3 in their May 30 opener, edged the Giants 8-6 two days later and crushed the Cardinals 13-2 June 7 to reach the championship round.

Facing a team that was also 3-0 in the double-elimination tourney, the A’s needed to beat the Cubs twice to claim the crown. The A’s clipped the Cubs 16-14 June 8 and eked out a 7-6 win Thursday.

“The Cubs are a very good team and very well coached,” Higgins said, “and we had to play our absolute best in the final game.”

The A’s jumped to an early lead in the title-clinching contest. They scored three runs – all during a two-out rally – in the first inning and two in the second. After three innings of what Higgins described as “stingy defense,” the A’s allowed two runs in the fourth that made it a 5-2 game.

But the defense flourished in the fifth, as A’s shortstop Andy Higgins made “two heroic outs,” Poppitz said, to keep the Cubs from getting closer.

The A’s added two runs in the bottom of the fifth frame for a 7-2 advantage.

But that almost wasn’t enough. The Cubs refused to surrender, scoring four times in the sixth. They had two men on base – with the tying run on third – when the final out of the game was made.

“For anyone who watched, it was one of the most exciting, well-played AA games this year,” said coach Higgins, who attributed the quick contest (approximately 65 minutes) to “the great defenses of both teams.”

While proud of the perfect season, coaches Higgins and Poppitz were just as pleased with the manner in which their A’s went about it.

“It was a thrill to watch our boys develop so much as skillful players, as selfless dedicated teammates and as individuals that won gracefully,” said Poppitz, who worked alongside assistant coaches An-Ti Wang and Jeff Cox. “I couldn’t possibly be more proud of them.”

Added Higgins, “Our kids showed great sportsmanship during the season and battled hard in several games down the stretch that were very close.”

Team members included Rohan Agarwal, Cedric Chan, Johnny Colet, Cole Cox, Andy Higgins, Lance Kluge, Matthew Kumpf, Nasir Naqvi, Matt Poppitz, Sameer Singh, Cameron Wang and Corey Wang.

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