Mon10202014

News

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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CSMA showcases talent at open house


Apala Egan/Special to the Town Crier
CSMA officials – from left, Executive Director Vickie Scott Grove, Board Chairwoman Debra Summers and Art Director Linda Covello – were on hand to greet visitors at the open house.

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View showcased its exhibitions and music and art courses at an open house last month.

Tessie Barrera-Scharaga’s installation sculpture, “Cartography of Longing,” is on display through Sept. 29 in CSMA’s Mohr Gallery. Her pieces incorporate paintings on canvas, found objects, books, poems and fabric. A child of immigrants, Barrera-Scharaga said she felt like an outsider growing up and found solace in books, particularly in the writings of Salvadoran poets. Poetry is a recurring theme in her art.

“This is the caliber of artists we hire to teach our students,” said CSMA Executive Director Vickie Scott Grove of Barrera-Scharaga, who is teaching at a local elementary school this semester where her students are those with special needs.

CSMA offers art and music classes for all ages, from toddlers to adults.

Sticks, shells and rocks lay scattered around a table in the preschool room. Lena Boot, a preschool art teacher, showed a child’s artwork, created on the spur of the moment, to open house attendees.

“Look at that tortoise he designed with an oversized shell as the body and tiny shells as legs,” she said, lifting the rock from the table. “Before plastic, there were stones and shells. An important feature is heft. When a child picks up a big shell or stone, it has weight. Many plastic toys don’t have that kind of weight or feel.”

In addition to its on-site art and music courses and lessons, CSMA serves 31 schools in the Bay Area. Trained teachers, all skilled musicians and artists, conduct classes whose lessons are incorporated into the schools’ curricula.

In Los Altos, CSMA provides music lessons at Almond School and art lessons at Springer School. After-school art clubs are available at Covington, Loyola, Oak, Springer and Almond schools.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, appeared at the open house to emphasize the need for arts education.

“We are in a valley known worldwide as the center of creativity,” he said.

The open house highlighted upcoming events, including the launch of the annual CSMA Community Concert Series, scheduled 2 p.m. Oct. 20, featuring Native American dance and music.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit arts4all.org.

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