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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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A touch of Gray : Former Cottage Green owner returns with European-inspired furnishings store


Gray opened her newest venture, Atelier Gray last week after a three-year hiatus from Los Altos.

A familiar face returned to downtown Los Altos last week.

Sylvia Gray, previously the proprietor of the Cottage Green on First Street (now the site of Bumble), opened the doors to her newest venture – Atelier Gray – Aug. 6 at 358 State St.

Similar to Cottage Green, owned by Gray for five years before closing more than three years ago, her new retail location offers an “edgier” blend of new and vintage European furnishings and decor, as well as handcrafted items from California artists. Gray described her shop as an “ongoing, changing workshop” and told the Town Crier that one of her goals is to stand out from the standard antiques store.

“Part of this business for me is (that) I really want to specialize in finding the unusual,” said Gray, who noted her penchant for repurposing vintage items, including a vintage French butcher’s rack that she fashioned into a bar in her showroom. “I want people to walk into the store and say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that.’ … I don’t want to be formal – I want to be livable and current.”

Gray added that with a mix of old and new, as well as the repurposed, describing her new business isn’t always easy. She noted that while she has always been fond of European antiques, she also sought to support local artists when she started hunting for a new retail location a year ago. She said Atelier Gray accomplishes both of those desires.

“I’m not quite sure what I am. … I guess I’m just a unique, creative person,” said Gray, who worked as a corporate consultant before undergoing a career change and purchasing Cottage Green eight years ago. “This is eclectic. I’ve always wanted to be that way.”

For Gray, returning to the confines of downtown Los Altos is also a homecoming of sorts. She noted that while she hopes her wares appeal to a broad audience in Los Altos, she’s also seen many former Cottage Green customers walk through her new doors in the short time Atelier Gray has been open.

All in all, she added, the early results on her return to Los Altos have been positive.

“I’m here and I have a great following – which helps,” said Gray, who noted that she will occasionally feature items on consignment and enjoys finding specialty items requested by customers. “I’ve made a lot of great friends here. It’s just great to see some of my old customers.”

For more information, call 917-9788.

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