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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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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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JUDITH CLOW FUCILLA

OBIT JudithFucilla

Van’s Everything

Judith Clow Fucilla made it all appear so simple - mother, grandmother, friend, hostess extraordinaire, volunteer, supreme gardener, bargain hunter, culinary artist and Van’s everything.

People were drawn to Judy because of her energy, warmth, enthusiasm and generosity. Due to her wide-ranging interests and natural curiosity she would often meet and engage a variety of people—many of whom became family friends. Not only was she a loving wife and an incredible mother, she was a terrific friend to many. Judy quietly watched out for, advised, consoled, comforted, and provided company and assistance to so many friends. There was always space at Judy’s table for people who needed a happy, welcoming place and a meal. She was a natural hostess. Her exceptional sense of fashion and style was so evident in the wonderful events she regularly held in their home. Judy was an avid lover of art, the theatre, travel, lectures, cooking and gardening. She spent many hours toiling away in her splendid garden. She could see beauty in the simplest things.

Judy passed away in her Los Altos home at age 81 after a courageous and gracious battle with cancer. Judy leaves behind her loving husband Ivan “Van” Fucilla, her six daughters, Carrie Thomas (John), Audrey Carlson (John--deceased), Julie Waters (Jim), Beth Seibert (Kurt), Lisa Amoroso and Mollie Fucilla (Joseph McGinley) as well as 7 grandchildren.

Judy and Van began their 64-year love affair while in high school in Evanston, Illinois. Married for 60 years, they have set an example of love and devotion for us all.

Judy expressed her gratitude daily for her wonderful life—her marvelous husband and her much-loved family. We are all so very grateful to have had her in our lives. Judy will be truly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Celebration at 11:00 AM, October 4, 2013 at her long time parish, St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA. Reception to follow. If you need further information please contact: Spangler Mortuaries, Los Altos, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either:

Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085-2905. www.pathwayshealth.org OR

Stanford University’s Dermatology Gift Fund-Skin Cancer Research Development Services, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466, http://dermatology.stanford.edu/gift/

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