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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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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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Pinewood alum McClannan Reardon embarks on solo singing career, releases Christmas album


Courtesy of Megan McClannan Reardon
Megan McClannan Reardon caught the performing bug while attending Pinewood School in Los Altos.

Life is good for Los Altos Hills native Megan McClannan Reardon. The singer/actress plans to release a Christmas album after a long recording hiatus, a project she completed while raising two young daughters and working as a musical director in her current home of Salt Lake City.

“Dreams of Christmas,” recently released on iTunes and Amazon.com, is a collection of familiar favorites and originals.

Being a solo act is new territory for Reardon, who has been a busy backup studio vocalist for the likes of Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. The former Disney entertainer signed a 10-year contract when she was 20, a contract that seemed like a good idea at the time. But because of a variety of factors, she wasn’t able to record until the contract expired. Now she’s with LML Music.

Reardon has performed all over the world, singing and dancing with national and international touring companies. She’s even appeared on the TV series “Charmed” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Reardon credits teacher Kathy Pickett at her alma mater Pinewood School with encouraging her aspirations. Pinewood requires all fourth-graders to take part in a performance. Once she hit the stage, there was no turning back.

She turned professional at 16 when she was cast in “42nd Street” at American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Later, she won a scholarship to Brigham Young University for excellence in musical theater. She has been a private voice teacher the past 20 years and a program director for a performing arts school.

Now, she embarks on a solo career that begins with a Christmas album.

“Maybe they’ll buy it as a Christmas gift,” said Reardon of her potential audience. “No one is (usually) buying CDs anymore.”

With support from pianist and friend Joseph Itaya, Reardon traveled to a recording studio in Los Angeles for one 18-hour session. The pair had booked the weekend but “got bumped by Cher,” she said. The finished project, however, was a year in the making.

Reardon hopes this will be the start of a successful solo career.

“My backup days are done,” she said.

One goal is to perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

“It’s just so fun,” she said. “It would be my chocolate ice cream on top of my cake.”

Reardon has scheduled a performance Dec. 14 at Menlo-Atherton Arts Center. Local crooner Pasquale Esposito also will perform.

For more information, visit meganmcclannan.com.

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