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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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County recognizes Teachers of the Year

The Santa Clara County Office of Education recently named its 2013 Teachers of the Year, selected by their respective school districts. The county also announced the recipients of the 2013 Texas Instruments STEM Teaching Awards.

Teachers of the Year

• The Los Altos School District recognized Egan Junior High School science teacher Curtis Schneider, who initiated and organizes the student-staff golf tournament and the student-teacher chess tournaments each year. Principal Brenda Dyckman said Schneider is “outstanding and revered.”

• The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District selected Barbara Kaufman, a physical education teacher at Mountain View High School. Kaufmann is nationally board-certified and a member of the Mountain View High leadership team.

• In the Santa Clara County Charter School category, Bullis Charter School recognized teacher Jessica Lura. Lura has taught eighth-grade English and history at the charter school for eight years. Sharing the ideal of global citizenship is particularly important to her, as she spent time studying abroad in Denmark, Kenya, Costa Rica, Trinidad, Ecuador and India.

STEM Teaching Awards

For their efforts in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, five county teachers, including two from local schools, each received $1,000 for classroom use.

• The county honored Gina Dunsmore, who teaches physics at Mountain View High, for her contributions to STEM education. She conducts a Walk on Water event annually, which requires students to use their knowledge of physics, design process and teamwork to engineer a device that enables them to walk or crawl over the surface of the school’s pool without the use of propellants or paddles.

• The county recognized Noirin Foy, who teaches algebra at Blach Intermediate School.

“(Foy) seamlessly incorporates technology into her instruction and student experience,” said Blach Principal Sandra McGonagle. “From mind-mapping how to solve challenging equations to creating personal online study guides, students are exposed to a wide variety of tools that individualize their learning and teach skills they can use in high school and beyond.”

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has scheduled its 44th annual Teacher Recognition Celebration Sept. 26 at the Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

For more information, visit www.sccoe.org/trc/teachers/2013.asp.

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