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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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LAH resident wild about spice business

Los Altos Hills resident Jane Evans recently decided to spice up her life by starting an at-home business.

The benefits go beyond making money. As a full-time caregiver for her husband, Henry, physically immobile due to a stroke, Evans became a representative for Wildtree Spices because she loves the healthful nature of the products and the company’s home-sales component allows her to hold parties and have fun.

“My husband is loving it,” she said. “I throw a tasting party and we see people we haven’t seen in years.”

Evans said she joined primarily because she appreciated the approach of Wildtree founder Leslie Montie of Rhode Island, who started the business in 1996 as a mother concerned about her children’s allergic reactions to conventional spices. The founding mission was to provide natural, nutritious, delicious and easy-to-prepare products.

“I was really touched by that story,” said Evans, who added that she has tried and enjoyed most of the 60-plus products offered, all certified organic and fat free.

She has hosted 40 tastings since starting the business in November. She has learned to tie items such as fresh rosemary, grapeseed oil and celery salt to a variety of healthful meals that prove easy to make.

Evans said Wildtree spices enhance meals that can be put on the table in 20 minutes or used in slow-cook items like spaghetti sauce. She also has conducted “freezer meal” workshops to demonstrate how to prepare meals in advance.

Although some home-based, direct-sales businesses don’t have the greatest reputations, Evans, a self-described skeptic, said she is completely sold on Wildtree.

“Wildtree has online training as well as help in all levels if you ever need to speak to a live person,” she said. “The support is amazing.”

Evans said the upfront costs are approximately $100 plus shipping, for a total of roughly $115.

“That’s the cost of a grocery bill,” she said. “If you find the business is not working, you can literally eat your starter kit since it’s all food products. … What I love the most is that it’s your own business. You can spend very little time on it or make it a career.”

Evans said her health has improved since starting the business.

“I went to the doctor and saw my cholesterol numbers coming down,” she said.

For more information, call 279-3768 or visit mywildtree.com/janespices.

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