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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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Eagles fall to Wildcats in CCS quarterfinals


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
No. 3 player Whitney Mathews posted Los Altos’ lone win in singles Friday against St. Ignatius.

After clipping Leland in the second round of the Central Coast Section playoffs, the Los Altos High girls tennis team met its match in the quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Eagles fell 4-3 to No. 5 St. Ignatius Friday.

“They have a little more depth than we do,” Los Altos coach Hung Nguyen said of the Wildcats, champions of the West Catholic Athletic League. “We were just one match short. But I’m proud of my girls – they played as hard as they could.”

None of the seven matches went to three sets.

Host Los Altos mustered just one win in singles, courtesy of No. 3 player Whitney Mathews. The Eagles top two doubles teams – Carina Burdick-Avery Ikeda and Elizabeth Fuchs-Haley Jones – prevailed in straight sets as well.

Mathews, a junior, “won handily,” Nguyen said, while sophomore Burdick and senior Ikeda “took care of business” by not losing a game. Fuchs and Jones won both sets in tiebreakers.

Los Altos’ top two singles players didn’t fare as well. Sophomore Juliette Martin faced a tough opponent at No. 1, according to the coach, while senior Kacey Incerpi suffered her first loss of the year.

The Eagles, who edged visiting Leland 4-3 two days earlier, finished the season 13-8.

“I’m pretty happy – the season turned out better than I thought,” said Nguyen, whose team placed third in the daunting SCVAL De Anza Division. “Making it to the quarterfinals is pretty good.”

The season isn’t over for all the Eagles, however. Four girls have qualified for the CCS individual playoffs, scheduled Monday and Tuesday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos. Martin and Burdick made it in singles; Incerpi and Mathews will join forces in doubles.

Lancers also ousted

St. Francis lasted as long as Los Altos in CCS. The sixth-seeded Lancers fell 4-3 to No. 3 Monta Vista Friday in Cupertino.

St. Francis (14-6) crushed Carmel 7-0 in the second round.


2013 tennis: Los Altos High School girls play in CCS playoffs - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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