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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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Senior Center Happenings : Provided by Candace Bates, Senior Center coordinator

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.

Activities

• Men’s Group: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3, Room 10. The group invites single and married men to enjoy pastries and coffee as they chat with other men.

• Movie Day: 1 p.m. Oct. 4, Room 12. The featured movie is “Argo,” rated R, running time 120 minutes. Free to members, $1 for nonmembers. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

• Book Club: 1 p.m. Oct. 10, Room 18. October’s selection is “The Shadow of the Wind” (Penguin Press, 2004) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Lucia Graves. Participants may bring a bag lunch.

Classes

• An AARP Mature Driving Course is scheduled 1-5 p.m. Friday and Sept. 20 in Room 11. Certification is given at the completion of the two-day class. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. Bring a check to class made out to “AARP” with your AARP number. Reserve a spot in advance by calling the Senior Center.

• A Personal Emergency Preparedness Class is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 at the Grant Park Community Center, Room 4, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos. The city of Los Altos, in coordination with the fire and police departments, offers PEP training. Topics include the impact of an area-wide disaster; a how-to guidebook covering seniors’ health and wellness, fire safety, fire extinguishers, household hazardous materials; emergency planning; and supply-kit preparation. Register with the Recreation Department at losaltosca.gov/recreation.

• The Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled a number of classes geared to older adults, including Stepping On, taught by professionals at Stanford Hospital for seniors who have fallen or have a fear of falling; and BoneSmart Movement & Beyond, an exercise class that features lectures and demonstrations. For a fall 2013 Recreation Guide, stop by the Senior Center or visit losaltosca.gov/recreation.

Services

• November Smoke Detector Program: Sunset Rotary members volunteer to change old batteries or install new smoke detectors free of charge in seniors’ homes. Leave your name, address and phone number with the Senior Center and a Rotary Club member will call to schedule an appointment.

• Case managers from the Community Services Agency visit the Senior Center 10 a.m. the third Friday of every month to discuss various topics of interest. The Sept. 20 topic will be the Advanced Health Care Directive and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment forms. The Oct. 18 topic will cover home care and the In-Home Supportive Services program. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center.

Volunteer

• Volunteer the second Friday of the month to prepare a nutritious meal for a maximum of 36 seniors. The volunteer chef works with staff to create a menu, schedules kitchen volunteers, communicates shopping needs and prepares and serves meals adhering to proper time and temperature controls.

• Volunteer to serve as bingo caller. The Senior Center needs a volunteer 12:45-2 p.m. the third Friday of each month to call bingo games, help serve dessert and drinks and help clean up after Birthday Bingo celebrations.

• Volunteer to help with holiday luncheons. The Senior Center seeks three sous chefs Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 to assist with pre-event kitchen preparation. Volunteers are also needed Nov. 22 and Dec. 20 for three shifts – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – to assist with setup, decorations and serving.

Scholarships

• The city of Los Altos offers eight scholarships of $200 for Senior Center membership. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying individuals. Applicants must reside in Los Altos and have an annual income under $39,800. To request an application, call Peggy Ford at 947-2790. Los Altos Hills also offers scholarships. For more information, call Sarah Gualtieri at 947-2814.

Donate

• The Monkey Toy Ladies need helpers and donations of used nylons to make stuffed monkeys for sick children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The group meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays in Room 11. For more information, visit monkeytoyladies.com.

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