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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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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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Used-book sale raises funds for library


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community volunteer Darwin Poulos, right, sorts materials for the group’s upcoming used-book sale.

Biblophiles from around the Bay Area should be swooning this weekend when Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community hosts its quarterly used-book sale.

With approximately 30,000 books for sale in 25 categories, visitors will be swimming through stacks of titles as they peruse the offerings 6:30-9 p.m. Friday (members only), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

“The two heaviest periods for donations are summer and Christmas vacations,” said Elayne Dauber, Friends of the Library executive board president. “We are literally drowning in books.”

Children’s, teen and foreign-language books are the largest genres on hand, but the sale will also feature an abundant selection of fiction, science fiction and graphic novels, as well as CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles, sheet music and games.

Dauber noted that shoppers can expect the unexpected. In the past, Friends of the Library has received donations that include a kimono, art prints and even a rare, out-of-print book that belonged to Stanford University. Stanford’s library personnel were “very happy to get it back,” Dauber said.

Nearly 25 percent of the books are sold within the first two days of the sale, according to Dauber, who recommended an early arrival for the best selection. The group limits Saturday sales to 15 books per shopper.

As the sale winds down on Sunday, shoppers can stock their bookshelves for $5 per bag.

To process the nearly 240,000 donated books the group receives annually, 60 Friends of the Library volunteers meet weekly year-round to sort and organize books for the sales. Dauber estimated that 100 volunteers are scheduled to work the summer sale.

Friends of the Library raises an average of $50,000 annually from its quarterly used-book sales to supplement the needs of the Los Altos Library. Proceeds support various programs and purchases for the best-seller collections at the library. The group intends to spend some of this year’s revenue to purchase a 3-D printer.

Visitors are encouraged to bring boxes or bags for storing their purchases.

All sales are cash only.

For more information, visit losaltoslibraryfriends.org.

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