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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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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

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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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JOHN J. (JACK) STROUD

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John J. (Jack) Stroud, age 86, passed away on Sunday December 8th, 2013 at the Forum in Cupertino California. Jack fought a valiant battle against cancer for the past 6 months. Jack was born on March 15, 1927 in Highland Park, Ill to Fred J. Stroud and Helen Graham Stroud. Jack had an older brother, Fred who was killed during the Second World War - and a younger sister, Carol who predeceased Jack.

Jack attended Highland Park High School and was a very talented athlete – lettering in baseball and basketball. Following high school, Jack joined the Navy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and later served in the reserves.

Following the war he returned home and attended the University of Illinois. Jack joined the Kappa Sigma House and was elected President of the fraternity. He graduated with a degree in business in June of 1950. It was there he met Nancy (on a blind date) and they were married in September of 1950.  

Jack took much pride in his alma mater following the Illinois football and basketball programs. Finding fellow Illini throughout his life brought him great joy as he so enjoyed meeting fellow alums around the country.

Jack joined Gould Battery and later the White Cap Co. where he went on to spend the next 30 years of his career.

The early years were spent in Winnetka, Ill. This is where Jack & Nancy started their family and Jack was proud to be a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church.

After an 8 year stop in Pittsford, NY, Jack & his family moved to Los Altos, California where he established a home and a west coast offices for White Cap.

Jack became a leader in the packaging industry – with many customers and peers calling on him for his in-depth understanding of the industry. Jack worked hard and was passionate about his work and the customers he serviced. Jack retired in 1985 as the west coast Regional Sales Manager.

Following his retirement, Jack was able to focus his energy on the sport and passion he truly loved – golf. Jack spent many years leading the Senior Golf Association at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, organizing tournaments against the many fine clubs in No. California. He also served in several capacities, including President, of The Northern California Golf Assn. This provided Jack the pleasure of playing some of the best courses in California while testing his skills and competing against the other golfers in the area. Jack did this for many years endearing himself to so many other golfers in the area that shared his passion for the sport.

Throughout his life journey was Jack’s wonderful wife of 63 years – Nancy. Nancy was often by his side at so many events – from business conventions to Sundays at the golf course. They were a wonderful couple with many life-long friends. 

Jack had a wonderful sense of humor. People gravitated toward him as his demeanor was one of inclusion – never poking fun at others. His wit, integrity and genuine caring of others were obvious and greatly appreciated by all. 

His leadership qualities could never stay hidden for long as he was usually the center of the conversation, providing thoughtful insights, while welcoming others participation.

Jack had a remarkable knack for remembering everyone’s name and always made it a point to greet them as such. Just one of many ways he endeared himself to others and made friends so easily.

Jack was also a wonderful family man, helping raise three children – Tom, Susan and Steve.

His grandchildren brought the most joy.  

Jack would spend hours on end with the kids – taking them to the park, the movies, buying ice cream – or just playing together in the pool. They kept him young and he could re-live his childhood with each of them. He was a wonderful grandfather and truly admired and beloved by his grandkids.

He is survived by his wonderful life partner, Nancy of 63 years. 

Son, Tom and fiancée Lori Arthur of Menlo Park, CA; daughter Susan of Los Altos, CA; and son, Steve and wife, Cathy of San Antonio, TX.   

Grandchildren Allison and Charlie Carnegie of Greenwich, CT; Jennifer Sovey of Seattle, WA, Jaclyn Stroud of New York, NY and Daniel Stroud of San Antonio, TX.

A celebration of life is scheduled on Sunday December 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Sierra Room at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, CA.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting tax-deductible donations be made to either: The Cancer Center Survivorship Program at El Camino Hospital Foundation, El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Road PAR 116, Mountain View, CA 94040

Or The Northern California Golf Association (N.C.G.A.), NCGA Foundation - PO Box 1157, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. Kindly note the donation that the donation is in memory of Jack Stroud.

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