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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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Spiritual Briefs

LAUMC offers Advent activities

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled two activities to celebrate Advent.

• Creekside Christmas: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in Creekside Center at the church. Children and parents are invited to make 15 Christmas crafts to take home, participate in music and games, and enjoy treats. A suggested donation of $10 per person or $30 per family covers the cost of materials. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to a child in need through Hope’s Corner and the Community Services Agency.

• The Longest Night – A Service of Solace: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the church’s sanctuary. The church offers a space of peace, reflection and comfort during the holiday season. The service is designed for people who may be feeling sad, tired or stressed, but all are invited to experience an hour of candlelit prayer, meditation, music and a brief message. Child care is available, and refreshments will be served.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is located at 655 Magdalena Ave.

For more information, call 948-1083 or visit laumc.org.

UPC assembles items for Samaritan’s Purse

Jeannie and Jim Waltz of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos spearhead a project that involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for children in underprivileged countries for distribution via the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse.

Boxes include items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, washcloths, bars of soap, notebooks, crayons, pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, ballpoint pens, tissue paper, jump ropes, tennis balls, harmonicas, Slinkys, Lifesavers, T-shirts, socks, flip-flops, scarves, tote bags, baseball caps and bandannas.

To donate, mail checks to Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave., Los Altos 94022. To drop off items, stop by the church office.

For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

Union Presbyterian offers healing room

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos offers an InSpirit Praise & Prayer Healing Room once a month. The next healing room is scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 in the sanctuary, 858 University Ave.

Director Laurie Kurgas said the healing room is open to anyone feeling discouraged or battling an illness or injury.

“We will pray with you for healing and for you to draw closer to God,” she said.

For more information, email Kurgas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group is scheduled to meet 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Each session will include the context and instruction in a meditation practice for that week, ample time for practice and opportunities to share with and learn from group participants as they integrate the practice in their daily lives.

Admission is free and open to all, including both new and experienced meditators.

For more information, email Susan Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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