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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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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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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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Priory pounces on Pinewood


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School defenders try to bring down Woodside Priory halfback James McDaniel in Friday’s game. McDaniel rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns.

Pinewood School’s eight-man football team not only suffered from another slow start – this one was painful as well. The Panthers were down 22-0 and a key player by the end of the first quarter Friday at Woodside Priory.

Standout running back/safety Aidan Lucero (shoulder) didn’t come back, and neither did Pinewood. Priory prevailed 56-22 to complete a perfect season (7-0), denying the Panthers (5-2) a share of the Mission Trail Athletic League title.

“We’ve had some trouble coming out of the gates in most games – it takes us a little bit to get going,” said coach Matt Irvin, whose team had to settle for third place. “Unfortunately in that time, we lost Aidan Lucero, one of our leaders out here and one of our best players.”

Pinewood played Priory even in the second quarter – each team scored a touchdown – but the Panthers lost another player along the way. Greg Naumann, who replaced Lucero in the backfield, was ejected for a personal foul with just under two minutes left in the half.

“That was an unfortunate penalty on Greg – a call we’ll be reviewing,” said Irvin, who questioned the official’s claim that Naumann intentionally pulled off an opponent’s helmet. “When you lose those two guys, it gets a little tough.”

Just a few plays earlier, Naumann threw a halfback pass that set up Pinewood’s first score of the afternoon. His 52-yard bomb to quarterback Kevin Tracy put the Panthers at the 3-yard line and Jack Sweat plowed through the middle on the next play for the touchdown.

“We just threw that in this week,” Irvin said of the trick play. “I thought they were kind of overplaying one side, so we snuck Kevin out there. Greg threw a nice pass and Kevin made a nice run to get close to the touchdown. We had to do something to break the ice a little bit, and it worked.”

The two-point run failed, leaving Priory with a 28-6 lead. The score remained static until the first play of the fourth quarter when Priory’s Garrett Weber rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 247-pound junior – listed as a defensive lineman – shed several would-be tacklers along the way.

Priory gashed Pinewood with its ground attack throughout the game, racking up 420 yards on 51 carries. Senior running back James McDaniel did most of the damage, totaling 239 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries.

“He’s just a great back and hard to bring down,” Irvin said. “We played a little too high today. Against a back like that, we’ve got to get lower and go for the ankles instead of the shoulder pads. If we’d have done that, maybe it would have been a different outcome.”

Pinewood had its moments running the ball as well. Sophomore halfback Matthew Murphy raced 65 yards for a touchdown on a sweep left four minutes into the final quarter. Tracy’s two-point pass to receiver Wilson Fields cut Priory’s advantage to 40-14.

Fields wasn’t done producing points for the Panthers. The junior snared a pass across the middle from Tracy for a 64-yard touchdown and hooked up with the quarterback again on the two-point conversion. This cut Priory’s lead to 48-22 with 4:07 left.

The deficit widened on the next play from scrimmage, however, as McDaniel escaped for a 55-yard touchdown.

“Priory’s a tough team,” Irvin said. “They’re physical, ran some great plays, they’re tough tacklers and tough guys to bring down. They’re just a great football team.”


2013 football: Pinewood vs. Woodside Priory School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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