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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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Behind the business: Stylist teaches the art of a chemo coverup


Courtesy of d. simon and trisha morales photography
Los Altos stylist Sarah Zebb offers makeovers and lessons for women like Cindy Dang, who is undergoing chemotherapy.

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Zebb has styled hair and makeup for decades locally, and over the years her understanding of who sits in the salon chair has changed.

“Over 30 years doing hair, I lost clients to cancer – some of them going through chemo. I feel like with my job, I’ve got to help somehow,” she said. “For me, working with hair, I see a lot – maybe more than normal people, because I’m in this business.”

Once or twice a month Zebb heads to Stanford Hospital and other treatment centers to give makeovers and teach women trade secrets to coping with skin changes and hair loss.

Zebb went to the Veterans Administration Health Care System’s Palo Alto campus last week to beautify Cindy Dang, a veteran who was getting married while undergoing cancer treatment.

“She served our country, I wanted to make her feel good for her wedding that day – I wanted to do my part for her,” Zebb said.

She volunteers for a program administered by the American Cancer Society, Look Good, Feel Better. In addition to providing haircuts and makeovers, Zebb brings makeup kits to give away and offers tutorials on how to paint over some of the treatment’s pernicious physical effects. To fundraise for the program, offered free to participants, Zebb is harnessing her scissors and blow driers for an event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. From her chair at Voila Salon at 221 State St., Zebb will offer haircuts and blow-outs, with all proceeds going to the Look Good, Feel Better program.

“The whole thing is to put a smile on their faces,” she said. “Things like this show community, the support – that we all have to get involved and help. Everybody is touched by this, not just one person.”

Women and men undergoing cancer treatment don’t just shed hair and eyebrows – their skin tone and coloring can change, and days spent at war with their body can affect how they feel about their look. One woman told Zebb that going through chemo treatment itself hadn’t been as bad as losing her hair and eyebrows.

“A lot of these women come in – they don’t even wear makeup, but because they’re going through treatment they want to wear it – it makes them feel better. Self-image and self-esteem is so important for women,” she said.

Participants can experiment with wigs, hats and turbans, pick up tips from other women getting the training and learn advanced eyebrow art. Eyebrows can be a particular sticking point – many women don’t have experience drawing in faux brows, and a hat can’t mask their loss, Zebb said.

Next week’s fundraiser isn’t the first time she’s touched locks in Los Altos with an eye to cancer fundraising – you may have seen her set up outside Starbucks a few months ago, chasing donations with the offer of a bright-pink extension, tied into your hair while you wait.

For more information, call Zebb at 823-2441 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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