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News

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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Local nonprofit brings schools, health care, technology to rural Kenya


Courtesy of the Kilgoris Project
The Kilgoris Project raised funds for the first school built in an area of southwest Kenya, enabling children to receive a formal education.

Lulululululu! That celebratory sound still rings in my ears even after the three weeks since I returned from my most recent trip to rural, southwest Kenya.

Usually I return with good travel stories – this journey is no exception. The Kilgoris Project team and I marked the opening of a new school building in a community that had been forgotten by government and development agencies because of chronic intertribal fighting. A newly brokered peace offered the opportunity to build the area’s first school.

We marked the occasion at a community-hosted event, similar to a huge wedding reception – a revel of Maasai color and ululating enthusiasm.

I witnessed our nonprofit’s progress in this small corner of the globe, celebrating milestones, like the building opening, with Kenyan friends and colleagues.

My husband, Jon, and I founded The Kilgoris Project after a chance encounter in 1999 with Kilgoris villager Willie Lemiso at a safari camp where Willie worked as a waiter. We quickly bonded over our shared Christian faith and struck up a friendship that a few years later blossomed into the organization.

Today, with the generous support of donors and partners from around the world, The Kilgoris Project continues to educate and provide health care for more than 800 students and foster economic development in the community.

Through successive steps of faith (and numerous stumbles), we learned about community-supported development. Now The Kilgoris Project operates six schools for pre- and primary-school students and provides technology, such as Kindles and digital cameras, not easily available in rural Kenya.

Sharing these great stories unites my work and my journey as a Christ-follower. While living in God’s big story, I’m able to share the smaller stories of my moments with my Kenyan partners.

“The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a meaningful story, it won’t make a meaningful life either,” Donald Miller wrote in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story” (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

I couldn’t agree with him more.

Our annual Marketplace will be open at 234 First St. in downtown Los Altos (between the European Cobblery and The Dailey Method) through Sunday. On the outside, the Marketplace is a pop-up boutique offering handmade gifts from Africa, the U.S. and around the world. On the inside, the Marketplace is much more. It’s a place to learn more about The Kilgoris Project’s work and to hear some great stories – mine included.

Proceeds benefit The Kilgoris Project’s education, health and economic development efforts.

The Kilgoris Project Marketplace is slated to be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Los Altos resident Caren McNelly McCormack is president and co-founder of The Kilgoris Project. For more information, visit kilgoris.org.

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