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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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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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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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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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Lancers face familiar foe in final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis halfback Alex Andrighetto races to the end zone as Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst watches from the sideline. Andrighetto rushed for three TDs and intercepted a Chryst pass Friday.

The St. Francis High defense held Keller Chryst – one of the area’s top passers – in check to easily defeat Palo Alto in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal game.

Winning the final will likely require doing the same to one of the section’s best runners – Los Gatos’ Joey Wood.

In a rematch of last year’s title game, the defending champion Lancers are set to take on Wood and the Wildcats 7 p.m. Saturday at Campbell’s Westmont High.

“I’m super excited to play them again,” said St. Francis’ standout running back/defensive back Alex Andrighetto, whose team prevailed 17-0 a year ago on a wet Westmont field. “There’s a rivalry with Los Gatos.”

The top-seeded Lancers and No. 2 Wildcats are both 9-3 and coming off blowout wins. St. Francis pounded Paly 45-21 Friday night, while Los Gatos mauled Menlo-Atherton 35-6 behind Wood’s 213 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Andrighetto’s effort wasn’t too shabby, either. The senior made a rousing return from the shoulder injury that had sidelined him for three games.

Andrighetto rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns, punctuated by a 54-yard scamper midway through the third quarter that put his team up 35-21 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point.

“I’m feeling great – especially after that win right there,” Andrighetto said when asked how his shoulder held up in Friday’s home game.

Andrighetto made an impact on defense as well, intercepting a Chryst pass in the second quarter. The Stanford University-bound senior tossed another interception on Paly’s next drive, this one snared by safety Conor Thane.

“We picked off a great quarterback a few times,” Andrighetto said. “We took it as a personal challenge – a DI (college) quarterback coming into our stadium – and we didn’t want to lose.”

Chryst – who threw for five touchdowns a week earlier in the Vikings’ playoff opener – had his struggles against a stingy St. Francis defense. He finished 15-of-34 passing for 291 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first half. The Lancers sacked Chryst three times and broke up six of his passes.

Chryst wasn’t helped by his ground game; Paly rushed for -5 yards Friday. The quarterback accounted for the Vikings’ longest run of the night – a 10-yard scramble in the fourth quarter.

St. Francis, meanwhile, had little trouble running the ball. Behind its big and physical offensive line, the team rushed for 362 yards on 57 carries.

Andrighetto wasn’t the lone Lancer to surpass 100 yards on the ground. Halfback Landon Baty totaled 121 yards, scoring on a 28-yard run on St. Francis’ first play from scrimmage. The senior broke through the middle and high-stepped into the end zone.

Baty fumbled on the Lancers’ next drive, however, and Paly (6-6) scored six plays later on Chryst’s 71-yard bomb to Eli Givens.

St. Francis produced the next two touchdowns on 5-yard runs by Andrighetto to lead 21-7 early in the second quarter.

But the Lancers fumbled the ball away on their following two possessions and the fifth-seeded Vikings took advantage of the second one. Chryst connected with Keesan Johnson on a 28-yard pass into the left side of the end zone. The extra point cut St. Francis’ lead to 21-14 with 1:56 remaining in the half.

That turned out to be plenty of time for the Lancers to respond. Less than a minute later, quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie completed his lone pass of the night (he only threw three) to receiver Trillion Hebert for a 68-yard score.

St. Francis’ 28-14 lead didn’t last long. Paly’s Malcolm Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

That’s as close as the game would get. The Vikings mustered only one first down in the second half, while St. Francis added touchdown runs by Andrighetto and Devin Hurtado, along with Fordham’s field goal for good measure.


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Palo Alto High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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