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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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Artists talk practicalities during Los Altos High Art Week


Courtesy of Brandon Hong
A semester’s worth of student work is currently on display at Los Altos High School’s library, and photography students are documenting the show – see more of their work at losaltosonline.com.

Alumni returned to Los Altos High School for the annual Art Week last week to describe the nuts and bolts of making a living while making art.

An interior designer talked business and industry, an engineer for the city of Palo Alto described the engineering behind design work and a visual-effects artist brought a burst of Hollywood to the stage in Eagle Theater. The school’s art teachers invited the guests to focus on real-life applications for art as part of a weeklong event examining art in the real world.

Painter Jacqueline Norheim, a Los Altos High alumna, described the difficulties of balancing the need to make a living with a love for working in the world of fine art and described frankly how she hasn’t yet made the two completely overlap.

Supported by training in graphic design, Norheim designs logos, campaigns and motion graphics for advertising agencies and companies. She also creates vast experimental oil paintings and has exhibited around the United States.

“I do graphic design for money and having a job and that kind of thing, and I do fine art on the side,” she told students. “I think if you’re really dedicated to what you’re making, you just kind of find a way.”

Throughout the week, a community art installation explored the social uses for art and visual thinking. For “Thoughts, Reflections and Healing,” the libraryconference room’s walls became a patchwork of papers, using images, shapes and words to give visual form to the question of “injuries that need healing.” Participants are invited to collaborate on giving thoughts form and adding elements to the walls.

The show is a home for “whatever’s on their mind – worries and concerns – that they can’t talk about with other people,” Los Altos High art teacher Christine An explained.

“The visual communication, with words and images, is another layer of communication,” she said.

The installation aims to work its art on viewers, laying out a goal in its notes: “The space is transformed into a place of personal reflection of the participants. It prompts a new perspective of thought. It is this change in thoughts that triggers healing.”

Across the hallway, the semester’s student art, more than 500 recent works, are on exhibition.

Both shows are on display in the school’s library 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday.

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