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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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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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Los Altos Christian Schools help Ecuadorean school


Courtesy of Los Altos Christian Schools
Los Altos Christian Schools Principal Susan Goff, center, and Vice Principal Evonne Litfin, right, deliver supplies to Eternal Hope, a school in the Ecuadorean rainforest.

Many lessons can be learned outside the classroom, particularly those rooted in the nature of character and taught through action.

One such lesson is the importance of giving to those in need, often taught via classroom fundraisers that motivate students to contribute toward a goal, whether it is buying a chicken for a small village in Africa or helping classmates across the world access technology.

The students and faculty at Los Altos Christian Schools last year decided to raise funds to assist Eternal Hope Christian School in Puyo, Ecuador, establish libraries in its eight classrooms. At an estimated cost of $300 per library, the fundraising goal was set at $2,400. By the end of the school year, students surpassed the target by $200, enabling them to donate a camera as well.

Principal Susan Goff and Vice Principal Evonne Litfin recently delivered classroom supplies to the school of approximately 220 students, similar in size to Los Altos Christian Schools. Eternal Hope, located in the Ecuadorean rainforest, emphasizes English fluency for its students.

The administrators said they found the people of Puyo welcoming and eager to show them their homes.

“It was fun to travel and visit people there, rather than doing the usual tourist thing,” Litfin said. “We were able to meet the school and church board. Everybody was really welcoming and went out of the way to make sure we were seeing the best of Puyo.”

Goff and Litfin observed the differences in culture during the trip: the open-air restaurants and bakeries, the prioritization of family and the strong emphasis on hospitality. Highlights included visiting animal parks and an orchid preserve and standing on the equator. They emphasized the kindness and hospitality of the Ecuadoreans.

“The people are very nice,” Goff said. “Even though they might not have conditions as (comfortable as those) we come from, they were the ones wanting to buy us things and take us places. We kept wanting to do something for them, but they wanted to treat us. Hospitality was very important and they were all so kind.”

For more information on Los Altos Christian Schools, visit lacs.com.

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