Mon10202014

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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MARY PAULINE KENNEDY

OBIT MaryKennedy

Our dear Auntie Mary went home to the Lord on Sept. 10th after facing lung cancer with great faith and courage. She passed away just shy of her 88th birthday. Surrounded by loved ones, she left this world with a smile of joy on her face, finally reunited with her beloved husband Fran who passed away in 1984 after 38 years of devoted marriage. 

Auntie Mary was born on Oct. 2, 1925 in Springfield, Mass., the eldest of nine children. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and spent her teen and young adult years sacrificially caring for her siblings after her mother passed away. She met Fran, the love of her life, while still a teenager. They married in 1946 and moved to California in 1961. She made her career at the DMV where she served the public with both humor and sass. She loved God and His Word and was a member of Bible Study Fellowship for 20 years. Her deep faith was her anchor through life’s many challenges. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed a long anticipated trip with Fran to Ireland. Auntie Mary’s contagious laughter, devotion to family and friends, and love for each of her dogs endeared others to her. She was deeply loved. Auntie Mary is survived by her beloved brother Bart Dowd of Massachusetts and her cherished sister and friend Rosemarie of New Hampshire. She also leaves behind her 13 devoted nieces and nephews and numerous adored great nieces and great nephews to whom she was a wonderful aunt and in whom she took special delight. She will be deeply missed by her dearest friends, Eleanor and Dan Cullen, and her many treasured friends at BSF and those in Villa Teresa Mobilehome Community, her home for 33 years. A Memorial Mass celebrating Auntie Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat, Oct. 19th at Holy Spirit Parish in San Jose where she was a communicant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Auntie Mary’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org.

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