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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 Briefs

The Terraces opens

for ice cream social

The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community has scheduled “Music on the Green,” an ice cream social, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at 373 Pine Lane.

The event will feature ice cream in the Gazebo, root beer floats and make-your-own sundaes; banjo music and an informal sing-a-long; a balloon artist; a face painter; an information table with brochures about care available at The Terraces’ new Health Center; a construction update; and tours of the facility’s new swimming pool.

Admission is free and open to residents, neighbors and local schools families.

For more information, call (800) 230-2976 or visit theterracesatlosaltos.com.

MV Senior Center hosts Resource Fair

The Mountain View Senior Center has scheduled its annual Senior Resource Fair 2:30-5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature information on blood-pressure screenings, home care, housing, health, transportation, medical and life insurance, legal aid and volunteer opportunities.

Light refreshments will be served.

The city of Mountain View, El Camino Hospital and the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills co-sponsor the event.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 903-6330.

ECH sponsors workshops for family caregivers

El Camino Hospital has scheduled Family Caregiving 101, a series of free workshops designed to help family caregivers.

• 7 p.m. Sept. 26: “How to Increase Balance and Decrease Falls,” with Ellen Corman, MRA, and Tamar Semerjian, Ph.D.

• 7 p.m. Oct. 24: “Stress Reduction Techniques,” with Vickie Chang, Ph.D.; Ginger Oros, LMFT; and Janice Ososke, health, wellness and fitness entrepreneur.

• 7 p.m. Nov. 14: “Understanding Family Dynamics,” with Vivian Silva, MSW, and Christina Irving, LCSW.

Workshops are held at Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, 270 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

The Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Stanford Geriatric Education Center and the Family Caregiver Alliance co-sponsor the workshops.

To RSVP and for more information, call 289-5499 or visit avenidas.org.

Avenidas schedules Caregiver Conference

Avenidas has scheduled its 10th annual Caregiver Conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Mountain View Senior Center and the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center.

Dr. Edie Yau, director of diversity and inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, is slated to deliver the keynote address, “Compassionate Communication.” Yau will outline strategies for improving communication skills in connecting with memory-impaired individuals and helping caregivers prepare for and respond to behavioral changes.

Session topics will include end-of-life caregiving, legal services, coping with cognitive decline and managing hospital stays.

Cost is $35 before Sept. 20, $40 after. Lunch is included.

The city of Mountain View and Home Instead Senior Care co-sponsor the event.

The Mountain View Senior Center is located at 266 Escuela Ave., and the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center is adjacent at 270 Escuela.

For a schedule, to register and for more information, call 289-5435 or visit avenidas.org.

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