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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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Los Altos High's strength is in singles, but coach is counting on doubles, too


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Kacey Incerpi, playing No. 2 singles, is undefeated this season.

The Los Altos High girls tennis team relies heavily on all the single ladies, but the doubles players will most assuredly have to contribute if the Eagles are going to be a hit this season.

“Our strength is in singles, like last year, but you also need strong doubles to win high school matches,” said coach Hung Nguyen, whose team is off to a 4-3 start. “We need the doubles to pick it up and take some pressure off the singles, and I think they will.”

The singles ladder is anything but rickety, featuring the formidable foursome of Juliette Martin, Kacey Incerpi, Carina Burdick and Whitney Mathews. They entered this week with a combined record of 23-3.

Sophomore Martin is in the top spot, just ahead of senior Incerpi, who played No. 1 last year.

Martin “is stronger than last year,” Nguyen said. “She has a bright future and should dominate by senior year.” Martin has a 5-2 record.

Incerpi is undefeated (7-0) and “playing her best tennis,” the coach said. “She’s been really good this year. She has drawn interest from several colleges, according to Nguyen.

Burdick sports the same spotless record, wowing the coach with her play.

“She has all the shots,” said Nguyen, who added that the versatile sophomore excels in doubles as well. “She’s the most gifted, in terms of strokes.”

Although Burdick is at No. 3 singles, the coach said she and No. 4 player Mathews “are very close” and the two have swapped spots on occasion. Mathews, a junior transfer, is 6-1.

Unlike in singles, Los Altos is stocked with seniors in doubles. Five of the team’s six seniors are doubles players, but only a few of them saw extensive action last year.

Nguyen said he is still “trying to find the right combinations” in doubles. Avery Ikeda and Anica Nangia are establishing themselves as the top team – winning both matches at No. 1 last week – while fellow seniors Elizabeth Fuchs and Haley Jones are in the second spot.

Junior Nina Kamangar and sophomore Niki Moha have been playing No. 3 doubles, though junior Brittany Cheng and senior Laura Shea “are in the mix, too,” Nguyen said.

Another player may soon join that mix. Madeline Bourquin, a transfer from St. Francis, “is waiting in the wings,” Nguyen said. The junior will be eligible to play Oct. 7, according to the coach, who envisions the junior playing No. 3 doubles or in relief in singles.

If the doubles players continue to improve, which Nguyen is confident they will, the Eagles might just exceed last season’s success. Los Altos reached the third round of the Central Coast Section playoffs after tying Lynbrook for third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

“This year, my hope is to finish alone in third or maybe second,” he said.

After opening the season by going 2-2 in the top division of the California High School Tennis Classic in Fresno, Los Altos won two of its three matches last week. The Eagles fell 4-3 to Saratoga in their division opener, beat Milpitas 6-1 in nonleague play and blanked rival Mountain View 7-0. Los Altos won all but one of Thursday’s matches against the Spartans in straight sets.


2013 girls tennis: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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