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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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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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CHARLES (CHUCK/CANDY) JOHN CANDIANO

OBIT CharlesCandiano

Chuck was born February 8, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Concettina (Avola) and Carlo Candiano. He grew up in an Italian-Polish neighborhood in Chicago, and attended Wells High School, where he played trumpet in the school band and participated in student govt. and theater. An avid music lover, he managed to see all the popular Big Bands of the era whenever they came to town.

Following HS, he worked 4 years at Wrap-In-Wax Paper Company before attending University of Arizona in Tucson, where he continued to play the trumpet, joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and received a BS in Business Administration/Advertising. To fulfill his ROTC requirements, he completed 2 years of military service in the US Army, serving as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in Recon Company, 4th Infantry Division.

In 1957, Chuck and Sally Neill married in Encino, California after meeting in the US Officer’s Club in Frankfurt, Germany where he was stationed after WWII and she was employed at the US Embassy in the Foreign Service Corps. They lived briefly in Arizona, where Chuck attended the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird). From there, while he pursued a career in international business, they moved to Wash. DC, NYC, Chicago and New Mexico before moving to Los Altos, CA, where they lived for 37 years and raised their daughter, Nicole.

Chuck worked in the wine industry in CA (Italian Swiss Colony, Christian Brothers, Mirassou) for 34 years. He traveled extensively overseas during this time, a pioneer in the export of CA wines in an era when they were just beginning to be recognized around the world. Chuck was chosen to accompany the Sect. of State of CA on a trade mission to Asia during the late 1970’s…a career highlight. He maintained warm and long-lasting friendships over the years with his business contacts in many countries.

Chuck and Sally retired to Cloverdale, CA in 2000, where they enjoyed visiting the nearby wineries and the redwood forests of Northern CA, and made many new friends. In 2006, they moved to WA to be closer to family and resided at Emerald Heights in Redmond, where their circle of friends expanded again.

Chuck was a devoted husband, exemplary father, and proud grandfather. Family always came first for him.  Following a serious stroke in the late 90s, he endured many years of disability with humor and grace, always making sure others were comfortable. His generosity was immeasurable.

Chuck died November 19, 2013. He was 84.

Chuck is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sally, and sister, Nancy Mylander. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole; son-in-law, Bruce (Johnson); granddaughter, Caya; sister, Grace Santangelo (Bartlett, IL); one niece, four nephews and their families.

A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 14, 11AM at Emerald Heights, Redmond, WA. A Funeral Mass will be said on Dec. 16, 9AM at St. Jude Catholic Church, Redmond WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The EvergreenHealth Foundation, Hospice Services, 12040 NE 128th St, MS 5, Kirkland, WA, 98034-3013, https://foundation.evergreenhospital.org OR Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780. 866-7-TROOPS. https://www.hfotusa.org/donate. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the guestbook at: www.flintofts.com.

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