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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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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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LORAINE FLORENCE HAWKS

OBIT LoraineHawks1
OBIT LoraineHawks2

        

September 26, 1921 - November 11, 2013

Resident of San Jose 

Loraine Hawks entered into rest on November 11, 2013 at the age of 92. She was born on September 26th, 1921 in Park Ridge, Illinois to Florence Koenig and Hill Koenig, a prominent Burlington Railroad executive. She was a resident of the Villages Country Club in San Jose for the past 19 years. Before moving to San Jose, she was a long time resident of Los Altos.   Survivors include her beloved husband of 62 years, Ernest Hawks, a son Eric Hawks (Lesley) of Mountain View, CA, three grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Kaitlin Stonum (Robert) of Cupertino, CA, Nathan Hawks of San Francisco, CA, Samuel Hawks of Palo Alto, CA, and their mother Jennifer Hawks of Palo Alto, CA.

She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Masters Degree in Education and Teaching Credential from Stanford University. She taught Physical Education at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and in 1951 she took up residence in Los Altos, where she assumed the role of Dean of Women at Mountain View High School between 1951- 1957. Later she worked alongside her husband at Lawson - Hawks Insurance Associates as an Accounting Executive from 1970 to 1980.

Loraine was a kind and charitable woman who always maintained a positive outlook and cheerful disposition. Her warm and friendly smile would put even a stranger at ease. Her keen sense of fairness enabled her to see both sides of every situation. She had a love for cooking and entertaining as she opened her home and her heart to many including friends, family, neighbors, Rotary exchange students and Stanford students. She loved sports of all types, was an avid golfer and participated in synchronized swimming in her early adult years. Her son Eric recalls her teaching him touch football as a youth.

She was a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club; an active member of Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA to this date, and was responsible for organizing the “Desert 9er’s”, a Woman's 9 Hole Golf group in Palm Desert that grew to 16 clubs and 900 members.

Loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, educator, friend and colleague you will be greatly missed by all.

A Memorial Service will be held for Loraine at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at the Spangler Mortuary at 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA, 94022; burial at the Alta Mesa Cemetery, and a reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Elks Lodge 4249 El Camino Real,  Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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