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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TERESA MARGARET HURLEY

OBIT TeresaMargaretHurley1
OBIT TeresaMargaretHurley2

1927 – 2013

It is with great sadness and gratitude that we announce the peaceful passing of Teresa Margaret Hurley, known to most as “Nanny”. Terry was born on February 11, 1927 in Somerville, Massachusetts to Kenneth and Isabel Chisholm and was one of nine children. Raised and educated in Somerville, she was voted Miss Somerville in 1946 at the young age of 19. Terry left the Boston area after marrying Ben Hurley, the love of her life, to whom she was married for 60 years. Ben and Terry lived in five different cities on the East and West coasts while following Ben’s career, eventually landing in Los Altos Hills with their six children, which was their home for 43 years. She simply loved the Los Altos and Saint Nicholas communities. Although Terry was away from Boston for many years, she never lost her love for her roots, family or her Boston accent. She was truly bicoastal.  

Terry was an active member of her community and often volunteered her time to support Saint Nicholas Parish and School as well as Saint Francis High School. She was a true fan of all St. Francis sports, the San Francisco 49ers, all Boston teams and any team or activity that involved her grandchildren or their friends. There were no strangers in Terry’s life. Terry believed everyone was connected and had a gift for finding that connection and making them lifelong friends. She had a beautiful spirit and made everyone feel welcome.

Terry is survived by her loving husband Ben and their six children, Terry Symula (George) of Harvard, MA, Bernard Hurley of Denver, CO, Ken Hurley (Ginny) of San Jose, CA, Betsy Komo (John) of Los Altos, CA, Nancy Fiegel (Don) of Pleasanton, CA and Dan (Amy) Hurley of Littleton, CO. Nanny was extremely proud of her grandchildren, Danielle, Matt, Michael, Tommy, Timmy, Lizzy, Madeline, Caroline, Jennifer, Andrew, KC, David, Katie and her two great-grandchildren, Seth and Emma as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her younger brothers, Larry Chisholm (Judy) of Danvers, MA and Billy Chisholm (Judy) of Amesbury, MA and by many wonderful friends (you know who you are). Terry is predeceased by her sisters Betty, Isabel, Marian, Ruthie and brothers Kenneth and John, as well as her grandchildren, Teresa and Benjamin. Our beautiful angel, Terry, is now in heaven with them and shining her sparkling blue eyes down on all of us.  

We will be celebrating Terry’s life with a Rosary on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. William Church, 611 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos, CA at 1:30pm on Saturday November 16. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to St. Nicholas School Endowment Fund –Terry Hurley, c/o St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022. Arrangements by Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos, CA.

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