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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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Pinewood opens regional premiere of "Whisper House"

Pinewood School’s Performing Arts Department is scheduled to stage the high school and regional premiere of “Whisper House,” opening Friday and running through Nov. 16 in the school’s theater, 26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Directed by theater teacher Doug Eivers, with musical direction by music teacher Shenelle Williams, “Whisper House” features book and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.

“Whisper House” is set in 1942, at the height of World War II. Christopher, an imaginative young boy, is sent to live with an aunt he has never met, Lilly, a recluse who serves as keeper of a remote lighthouse. Not yet comfortable in his surroundings, Christopher begins to hear strange music that no one else can hear seeping through the walls. It doesn’t take long for him to suspect that the lighthouse may be haunted. Is Christopher’s imagination getting the best of him? Or are the ghosts warning him about the very real dangers that lie ahead?

“‘Whisper House’ is a piece that both Duncan and I love, and we couldn’t be more excited to have it produced at Pinewood,” Jarrow said.

Jarrow said one of the original adult actors, David Poe, from the San Diego production of “Whisper House,” visited Pinewood to conduct a master class and see the young actors at work.

“Poe was blown away by their talent, excitement and smarts,” Jarrow said. “Coming from a world of professional theater that can sometimes be exhausting – and like all professional arts, very much business-minded – it’s refreshing to know that high school actors are sinking their teeth into the show with enthusiasm and awesome commitment.”

“Whisper House” stars Talmage Wise (as Male Ghost), Annie Whitacre (Female Ghost), Rachel Brenneman (Ghost Chorus), Carolyn Ehrlich (Ghost Chorus), Dariya Smith (Aunt Lilly), Justin Stangenes (Christopher), Carson Robinette (Yasohiro), Ben Montrym (Sheriff Charles) and Andrew Yaholkovsky (Lieutenant Rando).

“It’s been wonderful to be able to connect theater professionals such as Duncan, Kyle and David with the educational world,” said Spencer Williams, producer and chairman of the Performing Arts Department. “When … Poe came to Pinewood to do a master class with the cast, the students were so invigorated by his comments and praise. It was such a wonderful moment to see the two worlds colliding – one of my favorite moments in my professional career.”

Williams said he is proud of the opportunity to have high school students produce new musical theaer.

Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14 and 15, and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16.

Tickets are $10-$20.

For tickets and more information, visit pinewoodarts.com.

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