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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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Residents say goodbye to beloved UPS driver


Laura Tang/Special to the Town Crier
UPS driver Mary Hauck is retiring after serving local customers for 29 years.

UPS driver Mary Hauck is packing it in as she retires from a 29-year career serving the Los Altos area.

Originally a Christmas driver for UPS, the company hired Hauck on a permanent basis and she has worked 50 hours a week ever since, delivering packages to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Hauck’s daily route spans 55 miles, totaling just under 500,000 miles driven for UPS over the duration of her career. She makes 175 delivery stops per day with approximately 260 packages, but during Christmas, UPS’ peak season, she makes 330 stops with 450 packages daily. Last year, Hauck’s 18-year-old daughter, Rebecca, served as her Christmas helper.

Over the past three decades, Hauck witnessed a number of changes to Los Altos as the city expanded and developed new infrastructure and residential lots to accommodate the burgeoning population.

“For example, what is now Estate Drive used to be simply 1530 Grant, and 1710 Grant, a single property, has become a bunch of streets – Green Oak, Nightingale, etc.,” Hauck said of the changes.

Hauck has also observed a marked change in technology, to which she attributes the greater ease of modern delivery.

“When I started driving, I recorded shipper numbers by writing them down on what we called ‘50-liners,’” she noted. “But now we scan, which is a lot more convenient.”

With the advent of cellphones, Hauck could contact UPS while on the job if anything unexpected arose, which came in handy when she experienced work-related injuries.

One important aspect of her job has remained constant throughout the years – her positive interactions with the people to whom she delivers.

“The people I deliver to are always very kind to me,” Hauck said. “During the summer, people are always giving me cold drinks. During the Christmas season, they’ll feed me dinner.”

Although Hauck is retiring from her delivery job, she plans to remain active in the community. She is a representative of a fashion accessory business, Miche, and intends to pursue volunteer work such as running local soup kitchens and taking care of senior citizens.

“I just want to give back to the community,” she said. “Besides taking care of my physical needs, many of the people I delivered to kept me in their prayers. I don’t believe I could have made it through the past 29 years without them. For this, I give thanks.”

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