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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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Local dentists offer new smiles for vets


ellie Van Houtte/Town crier
Dentists Bruce Hartley, from left, John McFarlane and Joseph Field are slated to host Smiles for Troops Nov. 9 at the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry offices at 99 Third St.

A downtown Los Altos dental office is not only aiming to put smiles on the faces of local military veterans – it seeks to enhance them as well.

Dentists Bruce Hartley, Joseph Field and John McFarlane will host the inaugural Smiles for Troops event Nov. 9 at their Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry (PCCD) office, located at 99 Third St. The all-day event will allow the volunteer group, which includes a horde of PCCD staff members and other dental professionals, to provide free procedures to local military veterans in need of dental care.

Field said he and his colleagues decided to host the event after discovering that even routine dental maintenance procedures, such as cleanings, are few and far between for active military personnel deployed overseas. Playing catch-up with sorely needed dental work can also be a costly burden for those returning home after serving their country.

“We just wanted to find a way to give back to the community,” Field said. “For veterans coming back home, it’s hard to get new jobs, which make their finances challenging. We saw this as a way to address a huge need.”

The event – which will include the services of Dr. Kingstone Shih, an endodontist, and Dr. Joseph Kim, an oral surgeon, will provide a wide range of urgent and cosmetic dental care, including fillings, wisdom teeth removal, root canals and chipped tooth repairs, among other services. While they aim to address the most severe cases first, Field noted that the group has set a goal of assisting approximately 30 veterans at the event.

“We’ve done these kinds of community service projects before, so we’re able to work pretty efficiently and get a lot done in a relatively small amount of time,” he said, pointing specifically to previous volunteer efforts that helped domestic violence victims in Bay Area clinics and abroad.

All participating veterans will also receive a free cleaning, as well as goodie bags containing gifts donated by vendors, including a Sonicare electric toothbrush and other dental hygiene items. Each veteran will also receive a voucher for a complimentary family portrait from local photographer and PCCD client Robyn Basso.

For more information, call 948-5524 or visit pccd.net.

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