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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Community Briefs

MV Kiwanis Club accepts grant requests

The Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation is currently accepting grant requests that meet a critical health or human care need in the city of Mountain View.

Grant awards should address the needs of children under the age of 18 or seniors 60 and over and have objectives that are time-specific and measurable.

Organizations submitting grants must have 501(c)(3) status. Proof of 501(c)(3) status with a copy of the federal tax-exempt notification letter is required when submitting a grant request.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1.

Mail applications to the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, PO Box 607, Mountain View 94042.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/KiwanisMV.

SFMOMA, library launch art series

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Altos Library kick off a six-part series of art talks with the docent presentation “Big, Bold Beautiful: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field” 7-8 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The lecture will highlight di Suvero’s eight monumentally scaled sculptures on display at San Francisco’s Crissy Field through May 16.

Working primarily in steel beams and plates, di Suvero creates dramatic sculptures that convey a sense of both light and movement. The discussion will explore the artist’s personal connections to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and highlight his other contributions to the Bay Area art scene.

Admission is free open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Kiwanis Club collects for Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its Annual Turkey Round Up.

Each year, club members purchase and deliver turkeys to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families in need assistance can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, send a check to the Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

SPARC speaker addresses health care

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has scheduled author Sally C. Pipes to discuss health care at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute since 1991, is considered a leading opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Her book, “The Cure for Obamacare” (Encounter Books, 2013) examines changes that could halt full implementation of the plan. She will discuss what she considers a better alternative for effective health care.

Pipes regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care, women’s issues, civil rights and the economy.

For more information, visit sparcgop.org.

Deadline extended for volunteer awards

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is still accepting nominations for its annual volunteer awards luncheon, scheduled Dec. 13 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

Since the awards’ inception in 1983, the committee has recognized 295 individual volunteers and nine organizations.

For more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

Local artists display work at History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s contemporary art exhibition, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward,” runs through March 23 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The project celebrates local artists with a juried exhibition in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The display complements the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s off-site exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” scheduled to run through March at various venues across the city.

Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Homestay program needs host families

The International Student Placements program at Foothill and De Anza colleges needs host families for international students.

The program has placed students with local families for more than 20 years. Host families are asked to provide a private or double bedroom and share meals and kitchen privileges.

The arrangements start in August and end in June. Hosts are paid between $825 and $1,000 per month in two installments. Families may include singles or couples with or without children, retirees or empty-nesters.

For more information, call Sarah Joy at (408) 464-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘One Warm Scarf’ campaign underway

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein has launched her annual “One Warm Scarf” campaign to provide accessories to the area’s homeless residents. She collects used hats, gloves and scarves to ease the upcoming winter chill.

Goldstein has delivered hundreds of items to the homeless. She also collects yarn to donate to knitting clubs, whose members then knit hats and gloves.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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