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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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Schools Briefs

LASD hosts kindergarten information nights

The Los Altos School District has scheduled kindergarten information nights at each of its seven elementary schools 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

Interested families are invited to attend the event at their home school. Presentations are slated at Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools.

Each school’s principal will discuss how the district approaches learning for all students, offer more information on the school’s programs and highlights and provide an overview of student registration.

For more information, call the district office at 947-1150 or visit lasdschools.org/District/4309-Kindergarten-Registration.html.

St. Francis hosts Holiday Home Tour

The St. Francis High School Women’s Club has scheduled its 25th annual “Christmas at Our House” Holiday Home Tour Dec. 5, 6 and 7 in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The tour will feature four homes decorated in holiday themes, with live entertainment by St. Francis High musicians and vocalists, and a complimentary tea. A luncheon, Christmas boutique and Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing will follow at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The event will also include a special Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing valued at $5,000.

The Twilight Tour and Gala is scheduled 4-10 p.m. Dec. 5. The Holiday Home Tour and Christmas boutique are slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. The holiday buffet luncheon is set 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7.

Tickets are $45 for the home tour, $30 for the luncheon and $125 for the preview party (includes special Twilight Tour).

Tickets for the Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing are $25 each, five for $100; and tickets for the Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing are $5 each, five for $20. Tickets are available through Dec. 4.

For tickets and more information, call 968-1213, ext. 701; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

Cares and Shares sponsors toy drive

Cares and Shares, Courtyard Marriott’s community support program serving Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, has scheduled a toy drive through Dec. 20.

Cares and Shares, in partnership with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, is collecting unwrapped toys for youth ages 5-18 at the Courtyard Marriott, 4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Donors will receive a complimentary breakfast and a Starbucks coffee.

In addition to the toy drive, Cares and Shares facilitates nonprofit organizations in fundraising by encouraging local residents, visitors, sports teams, merchants and businesses to book weekend or holiday room nights at the Courtyard Marriott in Los Altos. For every night booked, the group will receive a $30 donation from Courtyard Marriott.

For more information, visit caresshares.com or marriott.com/paocy.

BCS students perform in play

Bullis Charter School fifth- and sixth-grade students are scheduled to perform in “Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife” 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the school, 102 W. Portola Ave.

The little hamlet of Limerick is full of colorful characters, but none more colorful than boastful Finn McCool, strongest man in all of Ireland. One problem: Finn is actually as weak as a kitten. Terrified that his boasts will get him in trouble with the rest of the town, Finn is fortunate that his wife, Oona, is not only the cleverest citizen in Limerick, but also fearless. But when three mischievous leprechauns trick the fearsome Banshee Queen into coming after foolish Finn, can even the courageous Oona save her husband’s skin?

Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

For more information, visit bullischarterschool.com.

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