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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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Dance speaks in CSMA's Artistic Intelligence autism program



Giancarlo, a student from the Morgan Autism Center, flies through a dance challenge at the Community School of Music and Arts’ Artistic Intelligence program. Teacher Ehud Krauss pairs movement, rhythm and beat with game play and group sequences. Eliza Ridgeway/ town Crier

Tucked away in the northernmost corner of Mountain View, the Community School of Music and Arts offers community classes and concerts, but its reach stretches beyond violin lessons and holiday performances.

For developmentally disabled students, CSMA’s Artistic Intelligence classes offer a window of the mind, as movement, music and art unlock expression in new ways.

Students from AchieveKids and the Morgan Autism Center were dancing at CSMA on a recent Tuesday morning, stretching and then popping up to snap and lean to a Michael Jackson song. The King of Pop in fact ruled the airwaves for much of the morning, as young people practiced rhythms and repeated movements, bouncing to the beat as they learned new sequences. Two Los Altos residents were among the students who played games as they danced, tossing balls, skipping over jump ropes and spinning rings in the air.

“I try to challenge them, not just to a dance routine,” teacher Ehud Krauss explained. “I throw something to see how they react – if they react, wonderful, if not, we change it.”

He said that building choreography and a curriculum for students with autism makes him a more thoughtful teacher, and that at the semester-end show, parents are sometimes stunned to see their children move in a way they never had at home.

“It takes a lot of love and vision,” Krauss said. “Music, dance and autism – they all go together. It’s amazing what the kids can do if you just encourage and support them.”

CSMA collaborates with three area social-service agencies to bring classes in music, dance and visual arts to more than 70 teens and young adults with autism and developmental and physical challenges. With help from donors like the Town Crier Holiday Fund, CSMA subsidizes the classes.

Children with autism can struggle with social interaction and communication, and CSMA’s courses provide an opportunity to practice social and creative skills outside a traditional curriculum.

“Disability can close you down – (in class), they get to open up and move across the floor,” Krauss said.

CSMA Art School Director Linda Covello described the students’ acts of art as “their voice, sometimes – taking them out of themselves and giving them a means of expressing.”

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