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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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LAHS Marching Band and Color Guard present to community


CAROL STEPP/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER
Los Altos High School’s Marching Band and Color Guard’s competition show is titled “R.E.M.” The group is scheduled to perform for the community Nov. 9.

Marching Band and Color Guard students at Los Altos High School spend approximately 20 hours per week together on the football field learning intricate marching steps, memorizing music, twirling flags, throwing rifles and telling a story set to music.

Students perform their show at Western Band Association field show events, competing against other bands from California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Arizona. In prior years, the band and color guard have earned many first- and second-place finishes as well as several recognition awards for their musical performances and visual presentations.

This year’s ensemble, working to achieve the same standard of excellence, has earned a second-place finish in its first competition.

The 2013 competition show, “R.E.M.,” is a nine-minute, tongue-in-cheek rendition of a dream in which a girl falls asleep, finds herself in the middle of a nightmare and wakes to a happy ending. It features the music of Edvard Grieg, Sergei Prokofiev, Karl Jenkins and Samuel Barber. The drill depicts an eye closing, a funeral and a scary chase, all presented with an element of humor. Elaborate props bring the story to life.

Approximately one-half of the 73 band and color guard members have no previous marching band experience, as most of them are freshmen. The experienced members have welcomed the new members and taught them what it means to be a part of the ensemble: Commit to achieve, be proud and support each other as family.

New member Meg Murphy, a sophomore, said her experience so far has been a lot of work.

“But it is so worth it,” she said. “Everybody should do this – it’s really fun.”

Music Director Ted Ferrucci said he is pleased with the growth of the band since the start of the season in early August.

“This is a very complex show, but the students have risen to the challenge of creating an outstanding show,” he said. “I am proud of the work ethic of this ensemble.”

Ferrucci added that the group’s goal is to peak Nov. 23 at the Western Band Association Championships.

“At the rate we are improving, we are right on track,” he said.

The Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard invite local residents to attend their annual Fall Finale 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 9. They will perform “R.E.M.” on the football field, 201 Almond Ave. Immediately after, guests will have the opportunity to go on the field with students and experience what it is like to be in a marching band.

The Fall Finale is the primary fundraising event that supports the school’s instrumental music program. The event includes a marketplace, a raffle, a bake sale and a silent auction.

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