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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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Community Briefs

Consumer mediator to speak at Michaels

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Barbara McCray to speak at its next meeting, Nov. 6 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

McCray is with the Consumer Mediation Unit in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. She’s mediated all types of civil consumer transactions, provided consumer advice to the public and has spoken on consumer issues with various organizations in Santa Clara County.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a program at 1 p.m. Admission is open but reservations are required. For more information, call 948-3553.

Boutique fundraiser to help animal shelter

A pet and gift boutique fundraiser benefiting Palo Alto Animal Services is scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the agency, 3281 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.

The animal control agency provides services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, but has been hit by heavy funding cuts the past few years.

The event will feature holiday gifts and products, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet adoptions and refreshments. The agency and Hartfelt Hand-i-crafts are co-sponsoring the event.

All proceeds will directly benefit the shelter. For more information, call 496-5971.

Senior Commission hosts Medicare talk

The Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission and the Los Altos Library have scheduled a Sourcewise presentation on Medicare/HICAP changes for 2014 prescription drug plans, Cal MediConnect, Covered California and Medi-Cal 1-3 p.m. Tuesday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested, but walk-ins are welcome to attend For more information and to reserve a seat, call Los Altos Senior Center at 947-2797.

Library schedules scary stories for adults

The Los Altos Library has scheduled “Scary Storytime for Adults” 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Retired children’s librarian Enid Davis will share scary folktales and urban legends in the spirit of the Halloween season.

The Los Altos Library’s “Save the Ugly Duckling: Keep the Art of Oral Storytelling in Los Altos” project sponsors the event. Davis is a Los Altos Library Commissioner and chairwoman of “Save the Ugly Duckling.”

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

GreenTown schedules used-bike drive

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled its fifth ReCycle Bike Drive 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Blach Middle School, 1120 Covington Rd. and Egan Junior high School, 100 W. Portola Ave.

Local residents are invited to donate their gently used bikes, which volunteers from Los Altos High School, The Bicycle Outfitter and Chain Reaction clean and refurbish to prepare for distribution to students in need of transportation.

GreenTown has collected more than 200 bicycles since the initiative’s inception two years ago.

Any bikes not distributed to students in need are donated to community agencies, such as the Veterans Administration and the Bill Wilson Center for homeless teens.

For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org/event/recycle-bike-drive.

Benefit concert aids Alzheimer’s research

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled an Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Organist Paul Rosas will present the world premiere of his new song cycle, setting poet Camille Dungy’s “What to Eat, What to Drink and What to Leave for Poison” (Red Hen Press, 2006) to music. Dungy will introduce each song with a poetry reading. Becky Everett, Casie Walker, Anne Janzer and Laura Long-Ree will perform the repertoire.

The concert will also feature the award-winning children’s hit “Sweet for Mother Goose” by George Akerley.

For more information, call 948-1083, email Rosas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit laumc.org.

Sky’s the Limit Fund breakfast slated Nov. 6

Sky’s the Limit Fund’s fourth annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast is scheduled 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The breakfast is a fundraiser for Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit group that provides help to families with at-risk youth. The organization offers grants, support and hope through wilderness therapy and other support programs.

This year’s event will honor retired Judge Leonard Edwards and Patti and Mike Klayko for their work with struggling teens. Local news anchor Raj Mathai will serve as master of ceremonies, and former San Francisco 49ers tight end and three-time Super Bowl champion Brent Jones as guest speaker.

Through partner programs, every donation is doubled.

For more information, call 472-2915, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit skysthelimitfund.org.

Kilgoris marketplace returns to Los Altos

The nonprofit Kilgoris Project is scheduled to return to Los Altos for the second year with a pop-up boutique Nov. 7-10 at 235 First St.

Hours for the marketplace are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

The boutique will feature a marketplace including artisan jewelry, clothes, home decor, toys and more from Africa and countries across the globe.

Proceeds from the shop benefit the Kilgoris Project, which supports education, food, clean water and economic development opportunities for the children of a Masai village in southwest Kenya.

For more information, visit kilgoris.org/marketplace.html.

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