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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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MARY WALLACE WHEAT


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1924 - 2013

Carmel- Mary Wallace Wheat, known to all of us as “Mickey”, died in Camel Valley California, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on May 9, 2013.

Mickey was born September 27, 1924 in Los Angeles, California. The only daughter of James and Mary Blair Wallace, she attended South Pasadena schools, Punahou School in Hawaii and Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Occidental College in 1945 where she was a member and president of the Alpha Sorority. Here she met Richard P. Wheat, a Navy pre-med student.

On December 26, 1945, she and Dick were married and moved to Baltimore, MD where he was now a student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Together, Mickey and Dick spent 67 years of devoted and happy marriage. They have three sons, David, Kenneth and James who were the pride of her life as were their wives, Barbara, Shelley and Valerie. Her six grandchildren and her two great granddaughters brought her much joy and happiness.

While Dick was at sea as a Navy Medical Officer during the Korean Conflict, Mickey lived in Palo Alto with Dave and Ken and gave birth to Jim. In 1953, with Dick discharged from the Navy, the family moved to Los Altos, California where they settled into the home where they lived the next 50 years and Dick began the practice of medicine. Mickey was always busy with her children, many community activities, and her beloved book club. Her annual Christmas tea was a Los Altos institution. With Dick and her boys she became a camper and backpacker, including three extensive treks in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and Kashmir.

Mickey was the epitome of a citizen volunteer. She co-founded the Los Altos Cooperative Nursery School and was a Cub Scout Den Mother with each boy. She was elected to the Los Altos High School District Board of Education and served three terms following which she was elected to the Foothill-DeAnza Community College Board, serving four terms. She was a Trustee of Occidental College. She was a Commissioner on the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Division, (WASC). She served nationally on the Board and as President of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (ABG) and at the State level she served on the board of the California Community College Trustees and the California Elected Women for Education and Research. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County School Board Association and the President of the Santa Clara County Medical Society Auxiliary. Mickey served as the Executive Director of the El Camino Hospital Foundation in Mountain View, California and the Director for Fund Development, Sensory Access Foundation in Palo Alto, California. In 1985 Mickey was honored with the Los Altos Community Service Award.

Mickey will be deeply missed by all her family she loved so much, by her many friends and by the community she served with devotion and distinction.

Mickey’s family would be pleased to have contributions honoring her life sent to the Martha Kantor Fund, Foothill-DeAnza Foundation, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (650) 949-6230, or to the charity of your choice.

Visit www.missionmortuary.com for condolences.

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