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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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William E. Shine: Los Altos volunteer extraordinaire


Longtime Los Altos resident William E. Shine, an avid community volunteer who organized the city’s 1976 Bicentennial parade and celebration, died June 30. Mr. Shine was 92.

A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Shrine graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Deployed to the European Theater in 1944, Sgt. Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.

He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France, and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in 1945, Mr. Shine was a disabled veteran for the remainder of his life.

He earned a degree from the University of Notre Dame following the war, not long before marrying Joan Baltz in 1950. A brief visit to California before the war impressed Mr. Shine enough for him to convince his wife that they should move West with their first child.

They settled in Los Altos in 1952, the year of the city’s incorporation. The Shines raised five children, all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

Mr. Shine’s numerous volunteer efforts – from organizing the Bicentennial parade to leading a fundraising drive for the library’s fountain and redwood deck – earned him the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award in 1981.

A lover of music and sports, Mr. Shine was actively involved in Little League and in 1979 helped establish the Music in the Air concerts, presented by the music departments at Foothill College and Los Altos and Awalt high schools.

A singer in church choirs during high school and college, Mr. Shine was a member of the St. William Parish choir and belonged to a barbershop quartet.

Mr. Shine is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine of Mountain View; daughters Joan Jones of Santa Clara and Theresa Swilley of Oakdale; sons William Shine Jr. of Mountain View and Damian Shine of Alpharetta, Ga.; brother Robert of Corvallis; sister Mary of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren.

Services have been held.

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