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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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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

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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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Los Altos church continues fight to end Alzheimer’s disease

Los Altos United Methodist Church has been the top fundraising team for the annual Bay Area “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” for the past 12 years.

The local team has raised more than $500,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association for research, advocacy, education and caregiver support services.

Team captain Patty Kenny and church member Susan O’Neil, along with a small group of leaders, built a team of 110 walkers who braved inclement weather Sept. 21 to generate more than $60,000.

Along with fundraising, we are committed to education about this terrible disease. We understand that people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are able to live a better quality of life with support and care. For example, holiday travel to visit family and friends can open eyes to cognitive and physical changes in a loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association’s national 24-hour helpline experienced a 13 percent rise in calls during the 2012 holiday season.

Learning the 10 warning signs can help family members gauge whether changes they see are normal or atypical. Many family members, in hindsight, have noticed changes sometimes years before a doctor diagnoses a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Signs to look for:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

2. Challenges in planning and solving problems.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure.

4. Confusion with time or place.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

8. Decreased or poor judgment.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.

10. Changes in mood or personality.

When persistent and consistent changes occur, it is time to call the doctor for a consultation. We all exhibit the above symptoms from time to time. It is only when a pattern that gets in the way of everyday life develops that a doctor should be consulted.

Early detection can play a key role in the quality of life for a person with dementia. There are treatments that can help a dementia sufferer maintain a level of independence for a long period of time. Support and knowledge of Alzheimer’s can assist caregivers as they plan for and manage the disease. November is the ideal time to educate yourself – it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month as well as National Caregiver Month – and a wealth of resources are available.

Our mission at Los Altos United Methodist Church is “Touching Heaven, Changing Earth with Head, Heart and Hands.” We are convinced that fighting dementia by supporting research and offering community education for those with dementia and their caregivers fulfills that sacred call.

For a complete list of the 10 warning signs, visit alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp or call our 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Bonnie Bollwinkel is professional education specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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