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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Schools Briefs

LAHS offers holiday concerts

The Los Altos High School instrumental music program has scheduled two holiday events.

• 7 p.m. today: The concert band and string orchestra will perform in Eagle Theater.

• 7 p.m. Thursday: The symphonic band, wind ensemble and chamber orchestra will perform in Eagle Theater.

Tickets for both concerts are $8 adult, $5 students.

Eagle Theater is located at 201 Almond Ave.

Egan hosts Holiday Faire

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 100 W. Portola Avenue, Los Altos.

More than 300 students will host 170 booths with original handcrafted items, including hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies and wallets.

The Holiday Faire, designed to teach students entrepreneurism and service skills, raises money for the school library.

For more information, visit eganschool.org.

BCS schedules parent info nights

Bullis Charter School has scheduled parent information nights to highlight its K-6 and seventh- and eighth-grade programs.

Information nights on the K-6 program are slated 7 p.m. today and Jan. 13. Seventh- and eighth-grade presentations are set for 7 p.m. Jan. 7. All presentations will take place in the charter school’s multipurpose room, 102 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

Superintendent/Principal Wanny Hersey will provide a comprehensive overview of the school’s programs and approach to education.

For more information, call 947-4939 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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. Those who donate will receive a complimentary breakfast and a tall 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.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of nature. The program reaches all grade levels in the district, and lesson content includes science, math and social studies. The program recently expanded to schools in the Mountain View-Whisman School District.

Training and materials are provided. No teaching experience is required. A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

Training for the Mountain View district is scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 7 in the Mountain View-Whisman School District boardroom at 750-A San Pierre Way. The training will address the English Language Learner population.

Los Altos district trainings are scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 and 27 in the Los Altos School District boardroom, 201 Covington Road.

For more information, call 947-1103 or email Caroline Chan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local groups seek volunteers

JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour per week to help middle and high school students with reading.

The program trains tutors to work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.

JustMATH, a community-volunteer math-tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.

For more information and to sign up for the next orientation class, email Wendy Furuichi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 940-7402 or visit justreadcenters.org.

JustMATH also seeks a site coordinator to manage one of its middle school tutoring programs. The site coordinator will oversee the scheduling of students/tutors and manage tutoring sessions. The part-time, volunteer position requires approximately five to eight hours per week.

For more information on the position, call 940-7402 or email Lisa Cittadino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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