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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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Eagles elevate play in girls water polo


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Starting the season with a series of lopsided losses might demoralize some water polo teams, but not the Los Altos High girls. Coach Seth Tasman believes the rough slate has only made the Eagles stronger.

“Our season is shaping up great,” he said. “We have played a lot of very tough teams, so our girls are getting great game experience.”

The Eagles – outscored by a combined 37-7 in setbacks to Davis, St. Francis and Gunn the first week of the season – more recently have looked like a team capable of contending in the SCVAL De Anza Division and the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“League-wise we are top three in our league and looking to make a deep run in CCS,” said Tasman, whose team improved to 3-2 in the division with Thursday’s 15-3 blowout of Lynbrook.

Seniors Casey Vanneman, Jenna Gavenman and Kimberlyn Tilley lead the Eagles (5-9 overall), according to the coach. Tilley and Gavenman are the team’s top scorers, and Vanneman tallied a game-high six goals in Thursday’s home win.

Goalie Romy Aboudarham “has been having an unstoppable season,” the coach said. The junior made 20 saves against Lynbrook and a career-high 27 in Los Altos’ 4-3 overtime win at Saratoga Oct. 1.

“She was league Most Valuable Goalie last season and looking to repeat that honor,” Tasman added.

Tilley tallied the game-winning goal against Saratoga – her second of the game. Gavenman scored the other two goals.

In other girls water polo action last week:

• Tied at halftime, Mountain View created separation from Wilcox with a five-goal third quarter in Thursday’s 11-8 road win.

“Senior Marian Strong scored two second-half goals to help the Spartans overcome a slow start,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose team improved to 4-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-3 overall. “Marian used her strength and speed both in transition and in the set offense to open things up for herself and her teammates.”

Samantha Hartman totaled five goals for Mountain View – the same number she scored in her team’s 16-5 rout of Santa Clara earlier in the week.

• St. Francis walloped Valley Christian 13-3 Oct. 2 to remain atop the West Catholic Athletic League. Courtney Batcheller and McKenna Yates scored four goals each for the Lancers.

Boys water polo

Mountain View opened the week by beating rival Los Altos and ended it with a loss to Gunn in De Anza Division action.

The host Spartans topped the Eagles 14-7 Oct. 1 behind six goals from Rey Castillo and five from Matt Dunn. Goalie Charlie Niehaus “had an all-CCS performance,” according to coach Gabor Sarusi, limiting Los Altos to two goals in the first half.

Ryan Seltzer totaled four goals for the Eagles.

In Thursday’s 10-5 loss at Gunn, Mountain View trailed 4-1 at halftime. The Spartans scored the first three goals of the second half, only to watch the Titans make the next three.

Alexander Paulsen totaled three goals for Mountain View (3-2 league, 4-5 overall).

Los Altos followed its loss to Mountain View with a nonleague setback to St. Francis Friday, 11-8. Sam Lisbonne scored three times for the Eagles. Sean Elmurib had four goals for the Lancers.

Earlier in the week, St. Francis defeated Valley Christian 12-10 in overtime. Shawn Welch led the Lancers with four goals in the Oct. 2 WCAL game.

Girls volleyball

Los Altos served notice that it is a viable contender for the De Anza Division crown, sweeping Los Gatos Thursday to improve to 3-0 in league. The host Eagles prevailed 25-21, 25-22, 27-25.

Carmen Annevelink notched 17 kills for Los Altos (14-2 overall) and Meghan McDermott added 11. Hanna Koehler tallied seven kills and 21 assists.

Two days prior, the Eagles swept Gunn behind Annevelink’s 12 kills and Michelle Albright’s eight.

Mountain View slumped to 0-3 in the De Anza Division after losing four-game matches to Homestead and Palo Alto last week. Rosa Lutz led the Spartans (2-10 overall) with 10 kills against Homestead Oct. 1; Maegan Nevalsky tallied a team-high 11 kills versus Palo Alto Thursday.

St. Francis (8-4 overall) opened WCAL play with a four-game setback to visiting Valley Christian Oct. 1.

Girls tennis

Los Altos edged above .500 in the De Anza Division by beating Gunn and Lynbrook last week. The Eagles topped Gunn 5-2 Oct. 1 and squeaked by Lynbrook 4-3 Thursday, improving to 3-2 in league and 6-4 overall.

Los Altos swept the doubles against Gunn and the singles versus Lynbrook. Kacey Incerpi, who played No. 1 doubles with Whitney Matthews the first match and No. 2 singles in the latter one, improved to 10-0 for the season. Singles player Carina Burdick also won twice last week to remain undefeated (9-0).

Girls golf

St. Francis won both of its matches last week, improving to 6-1 in the WCAL. The Lancers followed a 209-279 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral Oct. 1 at the Presidio with a 203-208 win over Mitty Thursday at Spring Valley. Nancy Xu earned medalist honors in the first match, shooting a 37 for the Lancers.

Cross country

St. Francis is off and running in the WCAL, as the boys and girls teams won Thursday’s first league meet of the year. The boys beat Bellarmine by 10 points for first place, while the girls clipped runner-up Mitty by two points at Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park.

Four St. Francis boys finished in the top 10: Gabe McLarnan (second, 12 minutes, 20 seconds); Xander Olivero (third, 12:33); Gaurav Begur (seventh, 12:52); and Aditya Mohan (10th, 12:56).

Freshman Julia Bounds won the girls race (13:59); fellow Lancers Melissa Seaman (15:07) and Gia Kim (15:10) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.


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

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