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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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Peninsula Symphony’s new season features several premieres, classics

Peninsula Symphony recently released details of its 2013-2014 season, featuring premieres of new music from Ron Miller, Jonathan Russell and Taylor Eigsti as well as classics from Handel, Brahms, Beethoven and other composers.

The Los Altos-based symphony has slated performances October through May at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St.; Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; and Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St. on the Stanford University campus.

Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein returns as conductor and maestro for the 65th season.

Featured guest artists include pianists John O’Conor and Eigsti, cellist Nathan Chan, clarinetist Russell, baritone Stephen Saxon and saxophonist Dayna Stevens. Other guests scheduled to appear this season include Masterworks Chorale, the San Mateo High School Band, the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and violinist Youjin Lee, winner of the 2013 Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

The symphony is scheduled to open its season 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in San Mateo, with a second performance set for 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in Cupertino. The program features pianist O’Conor and the Masterworks Chorale. Works include Grieg’s “Piano Concerto” and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”

The second program of the season, featuring Ernest Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso No. 1” and “Sacred Service,” is set for 8 p.m. Nov. 22 and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Stanford. Guests include Saxon, pianist Juliann Ma and the Stanford Symphonic Chorus. Stephen M. Sano serves as the guest director.

Eigsti, a jazz pianist and composer, headlines the symphony’s third program, slated 8 p.m. Jan. 17 in San Mateo and 8 p.m. Jan. 18 in Cupertino. Eigsti will play Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and other works as well as his original compositions.

The symphony’s next program, “The Fountain of Youth,” is slated 8 p.m. March 21 in San Mateo and 8 p.m. March 22 in Cupertino. The program will feature works by young composers and solos by young artists. Cellist Nathan Chan, 19, is set to solo, as is clarinetist Russell.

The closing performance of the season, Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4,” is scheduled 8 p.m. May 16 at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center and 8 p.m. May 17 at Flint Center. Violinist Lee will make her Peninsula Symphony debut, performing a concerto with the symphony.

For more information on the season and the symphony, visit peninsulasymphony.org.

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