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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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Santa paintings herald holiday season at LA History Museum


Courtesy of Emily Hollinger
Artist Emily Hollinger’s Santa paintings highlight the “Catch the Spirit” boutique Nov. 13.

Local artist Emily Hollinger is scheduled to display her large collection of Santa Claus paintings at the annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday boutique noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Hollinger said she always loved art but never thought she had the talent to be an artist.

After she and her husband, Bill, transferred to the area in 1975, she joined the Los Altos Art Docents and shared her love of art with students. While recovering from surgery in the early 1980s, she read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. She used the exercises to realize her dream of becoming a painter.

She experimented with perspective and found that the American Naïve style of art matched her vision. Grandma Moses (aka Anna Moses) is among the best known of American painters in the Naïve style.

Hollinger’s home studio is filled with her paintings of a variety of subjects. Among her specialties is Santa Claus painted on wood and canvas.

The holiday boutique will also feature shopping at two museum stores, live music, refreshments and tours of the decorated J. Gilbert Smith House.

In addition to Hollinger, displays by local collectors include the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s Gayle Carter’s Christmas tree decorated with Beanie Babies.

“A friend who was collecting them said they would be of value one day,” said Carter of her Beanie Babies collection. “I took one look at the funny-looking pelican and the adorable hedgehog and I was in love with them – crazy but fun.”

Los Altos author Robin Chapman will be on hand to sign her book, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” now in its third printing and in the top 100 in its class on Amazon.com.

Members of Schola Cantorum will perform 1-2 p.m.

The History Museum’s main gallery will showcase a new exhibition of local art, “Los Altos: Moving Art Forward,” through March 23.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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