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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Kiwanis Club of Los Altos ups its goals of providing more service to needy residents


Kiwanis Club of Los Altos members support the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto by purchasing turkeys for the program to deliver to families in need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos recently kicked off its 67th year of serving the community with a new president at the helm.

Charmaine Turbow took the reins as president and outlined her goals for the club.

“The rat race has trapped most of us into checking our smartphones every two minutes and honking our horns at each other to hurry up,” she said. “Service shouldn’t be defined by the sick or poor, or designed by the holidays when we see signs to give back. I truly think it’s important to give back year-round, and that’s why I think our service club is one of the best around.”

The club sponsors a number of annual events, including the Kiwanis Pet Parade and the Kiwanis Special Games for challenged students in Santa Clara County.

In addition to its traditional mainstays, the club launched new projects this year, including harvesting apples from Turbow’s Los Altos Hills backyard and donating the bounty to the Community Services Agency.

“This was my very first service project with the Los Altos Kiwanis group,” said new member Stephanie Schmitz of the apple-picking party. “I had so much fun bonding with the members and picking apples as a team. It reminded me of living in Ohio and going into the apple orchards to pick apples with my family. It felt great knowing that such a fun project could actually be so beneficial and rewarding.”

Turbow plans to replace one of the club’s weekly meetings each month with a service project.

“Service projects can be as simple as refurbishing picnic tables for kids or picking up trash in a park,” she said. “My leadership this year runs on the sole premise, ‘If we call ourselves a service organization, then we better well get our hands dirty and serve our community.’”

Earlier this month, members enjoyed a bag lunch and pitched in at the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto, restocking food shelves and boxing vegetables and fruit for those in need.

“It was amazing how much we accomplished in just one hour with the large group of volunteers we had participating,” said club member Bob Galen. “We had fun but remained focused on our assignments. It felt great to know that we were able to lighten the load of the employees at the Ecumenical Hunger Program so that they could concentrate on other tasks.”

Members gathered last week at the Safeway on San Antonio Road to purchase more than 150 turkeys to deliver to the Ecumenical Hunger Program for distribution to families in need for Thanksgiving.

The club plans to partner with The Makery in downtown Los Altos next month to make holiday cards for patients at El Camino Hospital.

“I love how much we give back to our community,” Turbow said. “We are truly a club that is small and mighty. But we can’t do it without members. So if there is even a cell within you, a bug that says, ‘I want to give back,’ I urge you to come join us in a service project.”

Four new members have joined the club in the past few months. The club meets noon Tuesdays for lunch at the Kiwanis Club House, 4546 El Camino Real, Suite B-4, Los Altos. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

For more information, visit losaltoskiwanis.org.

Traci Newell is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos.

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