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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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RUTH MIRIAM ABBOTT

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Long time Los Altos resident Ruth Miriam Abbott passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 89 on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Ruth was born to Ruthanna and Jack Wright on November 16, 1923 in Safford, Arizona. She was the eldest of 3 siblings (William, Polly and Janet) all whom have preceded her in death. Ruth married Richard Abbott on November 15, 1944 in Washington, D.C, they had two children and were married almost 69 years, more than 50 of those years were spent as residents of Los Altos.

Ruth was a devout christian and active member of Union Presbyterian Church in Los Altos for many years where she volunteered her time organizing things from the children's department to spaghetti melodramas. Ruth was well known for her seasonal boutiques where she and many friends would sell handcrafted foods and items to a long list of regular patrons. She had a great time organizing and creating things for these boutiques and passed this creativity and enterprising spirit down to her children and grandchildren.

Ruth loved to spend her time gardening, cooking and sewing and more recently learned to knit. She was an avid reader and spent many hours each day reading and was always ready to tell others about the great book she was reading. She was a part of a book club and also occasionally wrote poetry when inspired, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by Richard, her husband of almost 69 years; her Son Tim and his wife Marsha; her granddaughter Rochelle and her husband John; and her Grandson Matt. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sheryl Abbott who passed away from complications of cancer in 2007.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, September 4th at the Union Presbyterian Church in Los Altos on University Avenue. All who knew and loved her are welcome.

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