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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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SHIRLEY SWINTEK MCCAULEY

OBIT ShirleyMcCauley

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, on November 4, 1935, Shirley succumbed to the effects of Parkinson’s on October 1, 2013. 

Always eager to learn everything and to assist others, Shirley Swintek McCauley conducted her life as many others only wish they could. 

After moving to California with her mother and two brothers, she lived with them in Los Angeles and Long Beach, putting herself through college by working full time and earning her BA Degree in Business Administration. She applied these skills at IBM in Long Beach and Los Angeles, serving as a Systems Service Representative. 

Upon marriage and moving to the Bay Area, Shirley continued many activities with the American Association of University Women, Los Madres, the Career Action Center in Palo Alto, as a teachers aide at both the Los Altos and Palo Alto Elementary School Districts, as board member at the Mountain View and Los Altos Cooperative Nursery schools, and participating in the development of the Mountain View Parent Preschool. As a member of Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos, Shirley served in numerous capacities for many years, including Deaconesses and Wedding Coordinator. 

Further, she expanded her interests and activities to the English In Action Program for foreign students and their families at Stanford and to volunteering at Filoli, and then to establishing and operating her own business, Extra Time. 

Shirley’s trademarks were her optimism, delightful nature, intelligence and sterling character traits. She is survived by her son Scott and daughter Alison, grandchildren Wyatt & Eleanor, and her loving husband of 52 years, Donald, all of whom dearly loved and revered her. 

A memorial service will be held at the Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos, Calif. on Saturday 2 November at 11:00 AM.

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