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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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Library, Linden Tree host Ugly Duckling campaign to revive the art of storytelling

Local librarians and book enthusiasts recently forged a collaboration to revive the art of oral storytelling during a yearlong campaign, “Save the Ugly Duckling: Keep the Art of Storytelling in Los Altos.”

“There is nothing quite like the experience of a gifted storyteller bringing stories alive through art and craft,” said Dee Ellmann, campaign committee member and Linden Tree Books’ event and program manager. “It can be magical, transformational and an important connection for people of all backgrounds and ages.”

During monthly programs hosted at the Los Altos main library and Linden Tree Books, caregivers, parents, teachers and young audiences will have opportunities not only to listen to stories, fables and fairy tales, but also to learn the craft behind oral storytelling from retired children’s librarian Enid Davis. The series culminates in the inaugural Los Altos Library Storytelling Festival, scheduled Nov. 15, 2014.

“Traditionally, storytelling programs have taken place in public and school libraries. Unfortunately, school-age children are no longer coming to these public library programs, and public school elementary librarians have all but disappeared in California,” Davis said. “Our committee members are dedicated to trying to revive this wonderful art form in our community.”

The program “Scary Stories for Adults” will launch the campaign 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Linden Tree Books will continue the series with monthly programs for children 5 and older and their parents, slated 4 p.m. the second Sunday of every month during the year, beginning Nov. 10.

A partial schedule of events

• “Ogres, Oh, My! Scary Folktales”: 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Expose children to folktales about ogres, witches and giants. For children 5 and older.

• “How Fairy Tales Make Children Smarter”: 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Explore the world of Western folktales and learn how parents, caretakers and educators can enhance a child’s education.

• “Anansi the Spider Storytelling Festival,” 4 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Listen to the adventures of Anansi, an African trickster, in this three-part series for children 4 and older.

• “How to Tell Stories,” 7 p.m. March 18. For adults: Librarians, teachers, caregivers, parents and nurses can learn how to tell stories without using books.

• “Storytelling by Participants,” 7 p.m. April 1. Librarians, teachers, caregivers, parents and nurses can practice their storytelling skills using the techniques taught at the March 18 program.

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