Mon10202014

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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Two LA tennis players remain perfect, help Eagles edge Saratoga


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High tennis players Kacey Incerpi, above, and Carina Burdick are undefeated in singles this season.

Los Altos High girls tennis coach Hung Nguyen estimates his team’s chances of making the playoffs at “70 to 75 percent” after Thursday’s 4-3 win over first-place Saratoga.

Two Eagles who have won 100 percent of their matches – senior Kacey Incerpi and sophomore Carina Burdick – played critical roles in Thursday’s regular-season finale.

Soon after Incerpi prevailed at No. 2 singles, No. 3 player Burdick “took us over the top,” Nguyen said. She clinched the home match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

“The undefeated girls came through for us,” said Nguyen, whose team locked up third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with an 8-4 record and improved to 12-7 overall. “They’ve had incredible years.”

While the coach expected a stellar season from Incerpi – who played No. 1 singles last year – he didn’t expect Burdick to “be so dominant as a sophomore.”

Nguyen added that the entire singles ladder has excelled. Sophomore Juliette Martin has held her own at the top spot with an 11-5 record and No. 4 player Whitney Mathews, a junior, is 16-2.

Then there’s the No. 1 doubles team – seniors Haley Jones and Elizabeth Fuchs – who “have played really well,” the coach said.

Nguyen and his players must wait until Saturday’s Central Coast Section seeding meeting to find out if they’ve made the playoffs, scheduled to start next week.

“You never know, but I’m hopeful,” he said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

Volleyball

Los Altos bounced back from a five-game loss to Homestead early in the week by sweeping Palo Alto Thursday to remain in contention for the SCVAL De Anza Division title.

The Eagles went to 8-2 in league, putting them behind only the Mustangs (10-1) and just ahead of the Vikings (7-3) in the standings. Los Altos entered this last week of the regular season scheduled to face teams at the bottom of the league: rival Mountain View at home Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) and Monta Vista on the road 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Carmen Annevelink notched 22 kills for the Eagles (22-5 overall) in the win at Paly and Hanna Koehler recorded 20 assists.

Los Altos played in the Spikefest II tournament Saturday and lost to Homestead in the semifinals. The Mustangs won the Gold Division with a 6-0 record, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral in the final at Independence.

Mountain View won the tourney’s Blue Division to place 13th.

Behind Alex Espinosa’s eight kills, St. Francis (22-11 overall) edged Harker in five games Friday in non-league play.

Boys water polo

Behind a big day from Matt Dunn, Mountain View capped the regular season with an 18-13 win over Lynbrook Thursday. The junior scored six goals, made three steals and drew two ejections.

Rey Castillo added five goals for the Spartans (8-4 De Anza Division, 11-10 overall).

Charlie Niehaus posted 13 saves for Mountain View, up 7-2 lead after one quarter. He made 10 saves and four steals in an 8-7 loss to Gunn two days earlier.

Castillo, Randy Kenyon and Alex Paulsen each scored twice.

Girls water polo

Los Altos edged Palo Alto 6-5 Thursday to conclude the regular season.

Casey Vanneman scored three goals and goalie Romy Aboudarham collected 18 saves for the Eagles (7-5 De Anza Division).

Earlier in the week, Los Altos routed Lynbrook 14-7 behind three goals each from Vanneman and Kimberlyn Tilley.

Mountain View’s Senior Night belonged to the seniors, six of whom scored goals in a 15-4 blowout of Monta Vista Thursday.

Samantha Hartman “dominated both ends of the pool,” coach Drew Enlow said, tallying six goals, five assists and five steals. Fellow seniors Sophie Brotzel and Audrey Gerughty had two goals each for the Spartans (11-1 SCVAL El Camino Division, 16-6 overall).

After a 21-0 start to the season, St. Francis suffered back-to-back defeats Saturday in the NorCal Water Polo Championships. The Lancers fell 9-4 to Campolindo in the semifinals of the tournament, then lost 6-5 to Sacred Heart Prep in the third-place game.

Field hockey

Los Altos earned its first win of the year on Senior Day, 1-0 over Homestead Thursday.

Nicole Atkins scored for the Eagles (1-8-2 SCVAL, 1-10-3 overall).

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