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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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Shark sighting: San Jose hockey players visit El Camino Hospital cancer patients


Photo Courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Sharks fan Marie Parise of Redwood City visits with, from left, “Voice of the Sharks” Dan Rusanowsky; Sharks players Tyler Kennedy, Matt Irwin and Jason Demers; and S.J. Sharkie.

El Camino Hospital cancer patients received a special visit Oct. 7 from San Jose Sharks players Tyler Kennedy, Jason Demers and Matt Irwin, joined by Dan Rusanowsky, the “Voice of the Sharks,” and mascot S.J. Sharkie.

The players visited with patients on the inpatient floor and in the infusion center, where they posed with patients for pictures and signed autographs. Several of the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center physicians, patients and their families were able to attend the Sharks’ Oct. 12 game. After the game, the group received a private tour of the facility and met other players.

“Cancer is a disease that still affects too many members of our community, which is why we are grateful to the Sharks for helping us raise awareness, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness month but all year long,” said Shyamali Singhal, M.D., medical director of the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center. “For our patients, having the opportunity to meet some of their favorite players in person gives them additional encouragement to continue their brave fights.”

The visit was part of the Sharks Foundation’s participation in the National Hockey League’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” program, a leaguewide effort to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, players’ charities and local cancer organizations. The hospital and the Sharks have created a multifaceted partnership.

“We are pleased to have a five-year partnership with the Sharks focused on increasing awareness and education in heart health, orthopedics and cancer for the Silicon Valley,” said Chris Ernst, vice president of marketing and corporate communications for El Camino Hospital. “We are grateful for their continued support of our patient community and for being a committed partner in health education.”

The NHL and its Players’ Association established the initiative in 1998 to raise money and awareness in combating the disease. To date, more than $12.8 million has been raised under the “Hockey Fights Cancer” initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.

For more information on “Hockey Fights Cancer,” visit nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343.

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