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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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Doctor Noize aims to introduce children to opera


Photo By: Courtesy of Doctor Noize
Photo Courtesy Of Doctor Noize

Doctor Noize, also known as Los Altos native Cory Cullinan, second from left, developed his new opera, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” to appeal to children.

Los Altos native and children’s music entertainer Cory Cullinan recently launched a fundraising campaign to promote his lastest musical endeavor, a two-act opera exclusively for children.

Cullinan, professionally known as Doctor Noize, describes the opera, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” as an educational musical theater piece.

“This is my dream project,” he said. “I think kids are smartest and most open-minded when it comes to music, and it’s a mistake when adults compose and orchestrate only for adults.”

His aim, Cullinan added, is to expose children to the “wonders of orchestral music and the fine arts.”

Conductor Kyle Pickett will lead the Colorado Symphony Orchestra through recording, with opera singers Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard also committed to the project.

The plotline will appeal to children – monkey Phineas McBoof, who went missing at the end of Doctor Noize’s last album, has been found on an island, where he teaches the natives the “joys of orchestral music.” Phineas and his native band rehearse for a grand symphony, but the performance won’t happen if antagonist “Mama Meanie” (an evil bunny voiced by Leonard) has anything to say about it. Along the way, the audience will hear orchestral elements from sonatas to the sounds of the different instruments.

After composing the music and writing the script, Cullinan’s next challenge is to raise money to cover production and recording costs, estimated at $125,000. He produced a video highlighting the message of the opera, available in approximately two weeks to kick-start the campaign.

“Just because kids are young doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate orchestra and opera,” Cullinan said. “I think adults have a narrower mindset when it comes to music. If we can make kids excited about orchestra and opera, I think that’s great. It’s what I love to do.”

To donate and for more information, visit doctornoize.com.

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