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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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BETTY WAYNE WALKER


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Resident of Los Altos

February 2, 1924 to May 30, 2013

 

We mourn the passing of long term resident, Betty Walker.

Betty was born and raised in southern California. She got her start in clinical laboratory work as a member of the Women’s Army Core during WWII and after her tour of duty completed a Bachelor of Science degree at San Jose State College and did a year of graduate work at UC Berkeley. After completion of her degree she received her clinical laboratory license and public health microbiologist certification, eventually becoming a laboratory director for Physician’s Laboratories, from which she retired in 1998. Simultaneously, Betty began instructing in the Biology Department of SJSU in 1962; teaching a variety of courses in the department until 1987.

While studying at SJSC, Betty met her future husband, Robert Walker (1924-2004), when he had the luck of being assigned the seat between Betty and her good friend in one of their classes. Bob and Betty were married in 1949 and took up residence in San Jose. Six years later they started a family, moving to Los Altos in 1958, to a house that remains in the family today. The home is fondly remembered by her children as the place where all their friends liked to hangout.

In addition to their own three children and two grandchildren, Bob and Betty “adopted” the couple across the street and became grandparents to their two children. Betty was a woman that touched the hearts of the people she met and will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren for her warmth, laughter, sewing skills, and cookies.

Besides spending time with her family, Betty enjoyed reading, travel, and helping others. After retirement she found an excellent outlet for some of these passions by volunteering at the Palo Alto VA hospital and becoming an active member of P.E.O. Chapter UB, including several years serving as President of the Nearly New Shop in Sunnyvale.

Betty is survived by her brother David Wayne of Rowe Mass., three children Lynette Sawyer, Barbara Nordman, and Wayne Walker, two grandchildren Erika and Jamie, and two great-grandchildren as well as five step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held in her honor on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information regarding the gathering.

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