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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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MV club celebrates Rugby Awareness Month


Courtesy of Jessica Millar Peterson
The Mountain View-based American Youth Rugby Union includes players from Los Altos and other nearby cities.

The Mountain View-based American Youth Rugby Union (AYRU) celebrates Rugby Awareness Month in November by hosting several events throughout the city.

Mountain View residents Paul Lynch and Scott Miller created the AYRU in 2009 to provide children in the Silicon Valley an opportunity to experience the fast-growing sport of rugby.

Lynch described the AYRU as a “non-contact youth rugby organization” that operates similarly to AYSO, with safety and fun the top priorities.

Events in Mountain View planned for Rugby Awareness Month include:

• Free open sessions for youth, 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Sylvan Park and 2-4 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 24 at Landels Elementary School. “The open sessions are an opportunity for children, and extended family, to come along and try, free of charge, this relatively new and exciting sport,” Miller said.

• Lunchtime demonstrations of non-contact rugby, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Google headquarters and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Symantec headquarters. Known as rookie rugby, this non-contact form of the sport is designed for boys and girls of all shapes and sizes. Rugby players from local colleges will participate in the demos.

• Golden Rugby Ball Treasure Hunt, Nov. 22. The public is invited to solve a puzzle on the AYRU website (ayru.net) that will lead to the hiding place of a gold-painted rugby ball. The winner will receive a $100 prize and free registration for the 2013-14 season. There is no fee to enter the hunt.

The AYRU season runs from mid-November to mid-March, with games and practices scheduled Saturday or Sunday afternoons in Mountain View. The organization is open to boys and girls ages 5-15.

To register to play and for more information, visit ayru.net.

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