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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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Mustangs make it through


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Homestead High senior Casey Carroll, a Los Altos resident, has secured an athletic scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After surviving an arduous nonleague schedule, coach Gary Carroll said his Homestead High volleyball team – featuring four girls from Los Altos – welcomed the start of SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“I think we’re battle-tested and ready for league,” he said prior to Thursday’s opener at Palo Alto.

Although the division is filled with formidable foes, Carroll can’t imagine it being more daunting than the slate of teams the Mustangs faced in recent weeks. Twelve of their 13 opponents won at least 20 matches last season and two claimed state championships. Homestead tangled with four teams from the vaunted West Catholic Athletic League and ventured to Las Vegas for one of the most competitive tournaments on the West Coast.

Carroll said his team was “tired and beat up” after three weeks of what he described as “the toughest schedule in Northern California.” The Mustangs kept their heads above water, however, posting a 7-6 record with a win over WCAL power Presentation, a 4-3 mark in the desert at the Durango Tournament and victories over Harker and San Benito.

“I hope it bodes well for us,” Carroll said.

So far, it has. Homestead won its league opener in five games, the team’s first victory at Palo Alto in 14 years. The Mustangs and Vikings shared the division title last season.

The coach said his daughter Casey Carroll “blew it up” Thursday night. The senior from Los Altos recorded 22 kills (on 41 swings), 25 digs and four blocks. The team’s other outside hitter, fellow senior Morgan Robinson, added 18 kills.

Carroll, Robinson and juniors Katie Barker (of Los Altos) and Connor Bunka make up a fearsome foursome of hitters. Robinson has already surpassed 100 kills, the 6-foot-1 Casey is closing in on the century mark – despite missing a few matches with a sprained ankle – while Bunka and Barker are in the 50-kill range.

“I don’t think anyone (in the league) can deal with that four-prong attack,” coach Carroll said. “Throw in Maria and Breanna, and we’re tough to beat.”

That would be junior setter Maria Balus, a transfer from Monta Vista, and sophomore middle blocker Breanna Rachel. Each has more than 20 kills.

Homestead can get it done on defense as well. Senior libero Allison Inanoria was voted team MVP last year and the Mustangs should have another big-time back row player when junior defensive specialist Olivia Poulos returns from a leg injury that has sidelined her since their third match.

“We need her,” coach Carroll said of Los Altos resident Poulos, whom he expects back as early as next week. “Not only for her defense, but for her quiet leadership skills.”

Homestead doesn’t seem to lack for leaders, though. The team has three captains: Inanoria, Robinson and Casey. The coach called Casey – a four-year varsity player – “the all-around leader,” adding that her will to win often sets the tone for the Mustangs.

“She has that competitive fire,” coach Carroll said of his daughter, bound for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a scholarship. “She’s the best competitor in the league, as far as pure desire to win.”

Homestead is scheduled to visit Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.


2013 girls volleyball: Homestead High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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