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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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A dream realized


Photo By: Courtesy of Victoria Hayward
Photo Courtesy Of Victoria Hayward

Mountain View High graduate Victoria Hayward batted .372 this season for the University of Washington softball team.

Victoria Hayward first watched the Women’s College World Series on TV nearly a decade ago and hasn’t missed one since.

This year, the Mountain View High graduate did more than watch – she was part of the action.

Hayward helped the University of Washington softball team advance to the eight-team tournament in Oklahoma City, where the NCAA Division I champion is crowned each June.

The Huskies didn’t take home the title, tying for third, but Hayward cherishes the experience.

“It was honestly a dream come true to play at the World Series,” the starting right fielder said. “Every year since I was 13 or so, I have watched the tournament on television dreaming of (one day) playing college softball.”

Hayward experienced a pinch-me moment just before Washington played its first game of the weeklong series.

“Once we were finally there, it didn’t hit me that it was actually the World Series until they announced my name at the beginning of the Nebraska game in front of almost 10,000 people,” she said.

Washington won the May 30 opener – 4-3 in extra innings – and Hayward came up with one of the biggest hits of the game. The junior drilled a one-out triple in the seventh and eventually scored the tying run.

Hayward called that “the highlight of the tournament for me.”

The Huskies prevailed an inning later on Kim Souza’s walk-off homer.

Washington dropped its next game, 1-0 to Tennessee June 1, but bounced back the next day with a 4-1 win over Michigan in which Hayward notched a hit and scored a run. The Huskies’ season ended that night, however, as eventual champ Oklahoma eliminated them from the series in a 6-2 decision.

With the core of the team returning next year, Hayward is hopeful Washington will get another crack at the title in 2014.

“We want to be back in Oklahoma City competing for a national championship and vying for a Pac-12 championship as well,” she said. “We can’t wait to get back together and start our next – and my last – road to Oklahoma City and a national championship.”

The Huskies posted a 45-17 record this year and ranked fourth nationally. Hayward played a major role in the team’s success. She batted .372 with six doubles, six triples, five home runs, 21 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Hayward’s batting average ranked 139th among NCAA Division I players and her six triples ranked 12th.

“As the leadoff hitter throughout the season, I set the tone for our offense at the top of the lineup,” she said. “I was very pleased with my performance this year, although we didn’t end up with the trophy we’ve dreamed of.”

Hayward’s efforts did not go unnoticed. She was named First Team All-Pacific Region and to the All-Pac-12 First Team.

Born in Toronto, Hayward will play for the Canadian National Team this summer.

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