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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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Los Altos History Museum celebrates holidays with Family Fun Fest Sunday


Photo courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Beanie Babies from collector Gayle Carter of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce decorate the 12-foot Christmas tree at the Los Altos History Museum.

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to celebrate the season with the “Holiday Family Fun Fest” 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The free family-friendly festival will include activities tailored to children.

“This time of year, it’s all about being with family and friends,” said event coordinator Pinky Whelan.

The event will feature storytelling, crafts, music and more.

Docents will offer tours of the adjacent J. Gilbert Smith House that highlight the role children played in the past.

“In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, most kids didn’t get a lot of gifts,” Whelan said. “This was way before TV and Xboxes. The radio was our entertainment – that and playing the piano and singing. Going to see a movie downtown was a big deal.”

A children’s choir will kick off the event at 2 p.m. Upstairs, guests can view the original Santa paintings from the collection of Los Altos artist Emily Hollinger. Refreshments will be served.

The Christmas tree in the museum is decorated with Beanie Babies from the collection of Gayle Carter, who works at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

“A friend who was collecting them said they would be of value one day,” Carter said. “I took one look at a funny-looking pelican and an adorable hedgehog and I was in love with them.”

Both collectors will be on hand at the event to chat with guests.

Children’s craft tables will be added to the main gallery to complement the current exhibition of local art, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward.”

“Kids and adults have been fascinated with the ‘Buddha Boards,’ where you paint with water,” said Jane Reed, exhibit curator and museum board president. “When it dries, the art is gone. It’s very Zen.”

For more information, call 948-9427, ext. 14, or visit losaltoshistory.org.

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