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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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Piecing it together : Mosaic artists show their work downtown at Main Street Cafe


Apala Egan/Special to the town Crier
April Maiten is among the artists slated to exhibit their mosaics at Main Street Cafe & Books throughout August.

Longtime Los Altos Art Club member April Maiten is putting the pieces together.

Maiten founded “Full Spectrum Mosaics: Artists of Silicon Valley,” an artists’ network, four years ago. Mosaic work is a distinctive field of art wherein artists use a variety of materials, including glass, ceramics, semiprecious stones, rocks, metals and any other items that might catch their fancy.

“Creating mosaic art is a lengthy process,” said Maiten, a Los Gatos resident. “It may take weeks to complete a piece, and an item might take up to a hundred hours to make.”

Maiten is among the artists scheduled to exhibit their mosaic works at Main Street Cafe & Books in Los Altos during August.

Two Los Altos residents, Kathy Richardson and Vaishali Sanghavi, are slated to display their artwork. The participating artists are set to appear at the cafe noon Aug. 31.

Richardson’s work consists mostly of architectural pieces such as backsplashes and panels for fire pits, with bold and dramatic elements in vibrant colors. Sanghavi creates a number of smaller pieces that highlight attention to detail.

Glass by its very nature is heavy, so manipulating the individual pieces can be difficult, Maiten said of her process. She added that outdoor mosaics require a different set of glues and only certain types of material are suitable for external displays.

“Within the world of fine arts, people tend to view mosaics more as a craft rather than an art form, and some museums will not want to show it,” she said. “People see our work and appreciate it for what it is.”

According to Maiten, there is an entire range of things artists can do with mosaics.

“Mosaics have been discovered in ancient Greece and Rome, too,” she said. “We would like to make those in the business of art view it as a form of art as well.”

The Bay Area boasts a number of mosaic artists, and Maiten said community support is especially strong in the Los Altos area.

Los Altos Hills hosted a juried exhibition at town hall, and the Los Altos Senior Center has displayed mosaic artwork. Restaurants such as Brian’s, The Original Pancake House and Main Street Cafe & Books have supported the mosaic artists’ efforts as well.

Main Street Cafe & Books is located at 134 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit aprilarts.com.

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