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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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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

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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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Repeat feat for Lancers


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High linebacker John Powers drills Palma quarterback Mitch Kidd in the second half of Friday’s game.

On a night St. Francis High reunited and honored its 1983 Central Coast Section championship football team, the 2013 Lancers made their own mark.

St. Francis (2-0), playing its home opener, posted its second straight shutout in a 26-0 win over Palma (0-2) Friday.

The Lancers have held five of their last six opponents scoreless, dating back to last year. The last two shutouts have come under new head coach Greg Calcagno.

“Cannot ask for anymore than that,” Calcagno said. “The defense has done a fine job. … The kids are fantastic and they’re believing in what we’re doing.”

Junior linebacker Steve Dinneen led the Lancer defense with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Dinneen was part of a unit that limited the visiting Chieftains to only 104 yards of offense, with only nine of those coming in the fourth quarter. Palma ran just seven offensive plays in the final quarter and finished the game 0-for-10 on third downs.

Offensively, the Lancers did most of their work on the ground, running for 248 of their 270 total yards. Senior running back Alex Andrighetto led the team with 136 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Senior Landon Baty added 72 yards rushing on eight touches.

“We knew a bunch of people were going to be here for the opener tonight,” Andrighetto said of the team’s home-opening win. “We wanted to put on a show and that’s what I told our guys we were going to do – put on a clinic.”

Calcagno said with several players like Andrighetto and Baty playing on offense and defense this season, teammates like Devin Hurtado – who added 39 yards rushing – will likely see increased playing time at running back.

“Whoever is able to go, we’ll get them the ball and they’ll make some plays,” the coach said. “They each have a couple of different things they do well, and it’s nice to be able to alternate them and have success.”

The win was Calcagno’s first at home since taking over a program once run by his father, Ron Calcagno. The elder Calcagno was among those honored Friday; he coached the 1983 title team.

“A lot of guys were coming from back East and all over,” Greg Calcagno said of the 1983 team reunion. “It was a special night for them and for us, and for what we’re trying to do with our traditions at St. Francis.”

Leading 6-0 after a pair of first-half field goals by Patrick Fordham, the Lancers padded their slim lead early in the third quarter with a six-play, 81-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from Andrighetto with 7:19 remaining. St. Francis opted for the two-point conversion, which failed and left the lead at 12-0.

Andrighetto, who gained 57 of his game-high 136 yards on the drive, wasn’t done. He added his second rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run with eight minutes left in the fourth. The 66-yard drive pushed the lead to 19-0 after the PAT.

Ten seconds later, junior defensive back Riley Quinn picked off a pass from Palma quarterback Mitch Kidd. The Lancers were back in the end zone soon after, this time getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Hurtado. The PAT extended St. Francis’ lead to 26-0 with 4:35 remaining.

The Lancers are scheduled to host Skyline 7:30 p.m. Friday.


2013 Football: St. Francis High School vs. Palma High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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