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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Eagles advance in volleyball playoffs


R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink goes for the kill Saturday.

The second-seeded Los Altos High girls volleyball team turned to an unlikely player for kills to close out Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal match against No. 7 Los Gatos.

Setter Hanna Koehler notched five kills in the fourth game – three of them at crunch time – to help the Eagles reach the semifinals for the first time since 2004.

“It’s the best feeling as a setter to get kills,” said the senior, who totaled 10 kills, 29 assists and 13 digs Saturday. “I played beach volleyball in the summer, so I had to learn how to hit and do a lot of the other skills on top of setting; I’m happy my hard work’s paid off.”

Although outside hitter Carmen Annevelink led the team with 24 kills – including the match-winner on a shot into Los Gatos’ back row – Koehler’s kills were particularly timely for Los Altos in the 25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 home victory.

After the Wildcats scored to cut the Eagles’ lead to 20-18 in the fourth game, Koehler delivered a shot that dropped toward the backline. Los Gatos rallied again, narrowing Los Altos’ advantage to 22-20, before Koehler came up with another kill. The Wildcats scored the next point, but Koehler responded once more – firing a right-side shot that prompted her to jump for joy.

Sarah Tritschler served for the match, finished off by Annevelink’s kill.

This marked the Eagles’ third win over the Wildcats this season; the previous two meetings were in SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“We knew they were going to come in and play hard,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said of Los Gatos. “It’s a school with volleyball tradition and they have a lot of pride.”

All but the first game was close; the Eagles (31-5) jumped to a 19-6 advantage and never allowed the Wildcats (21-13) to threaten.

The second game was a different story. Los Altos’ lone lead came at 6-5, after which Los Gatos went on a 5-0 run. The Eagles tied the game at 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23, but the Wildcats always had an answer and won by two.

A refocused Los Altos team scored the first three points of the third game – two on kills from Michelle Albright – and quickly built a 16-4 lead. Los Gatos rallied to cut the deficit to 20-16, but the Eagles persevered to win on a dump shot by Kristen Liu.

“It was a match of ups and downs,” Kim said. “We were there, then we lost it, and then we were there again. I think we played a little tight, but we were able to overcome that.”

The coach praised his four seniors for coming through when they were needed most. Along with Koehler’s big night, Meghan McDermott totaled 12 kills and 16 digs, Albright had eight kills and three blocks and Katie Tritschler registered 29 digs.

Next up for Los Altos: No. 3 St. Francis (24-12). The semifinal match is scheduled 5:30 p.m. today at Los Gatos.

“I’m extremely excited to make the semifinals,” Koehler said. “We played St. Francis in a tournament and lost, but we didn’t have a very good match. We thought we could have won, so maybe we can redeem ourselves.”

St. Francis beat visiting No. 6 Woodside 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22 in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Homestead advances

No. 2 Homestead moved on to the CCS Division I semifinals by beating No. 7 Gunn 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 Saturday in Cupertino.

The Mustangs (24-7) are slated to meet No. 3 Salinas (22-9) 7:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara High.

Pinewood prevails

Pinewood, the third seed in Division V, topped Trinity Christian 25-15, 28-26, 25-14 in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Mehra den Braven – the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division MVP – led the Panthers (14-11) with 26 kills.

Pinewood is scheduled to face No. 2 Woodside Priory (14-12) 7:30 p.m. today at St. Thomas More in the semifinals.

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