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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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JANE RECKAMP SPRINGGATE

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Long time Los Altos Hills resident Jane Reckamp Springgate died in the early morning of September 7, 2013. She was 82 years old. 

Jane was born on July 19, 1931 in St Louis, Missouri, the second daughter of Norman and Mildred Reckamp. Jane graduated from Ursuline Academy in St Louis, and following graduation worked at Monsanto Company where she met James Springgate. They were married in 1955 and had two children, John Springgate and Ann Springgate. The family relocated to West Virginia for six years, moved back to St Louis for seven years, and then moved to Los Altos Hills in 1975.   

Jane was a devout Catholic and member of St. Nicholas Parish in Los Altos. She was active for over 30 years with the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children (Allied Arts Guild), which benefits the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Jane volunteered every Tuesday as a server and later as hostess at the Guild’s tea room. She enjoyed playing bridge, hosting dinner parties, and celebrating the holidays with her friends and family.  She and Jim traveled frequently, including several visits to Europe as well as trips to Japan, Korea, Alaska, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.

She is survived by James, her husband of over 57 years, her sisters Mary Louise Seyer and Maureen Frese, her brother Raymond Reckamp, her daughter Ann, her son John and his wife Lisa, her granddaughter Bridget Bush and her husband Philip Bush, and her grandsons James, Edmund and Charles Springgate.   

Jane will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, September 9th at St Nicholas Church. Gifts of remembrance may be made in Jane’s name to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA  94301.

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