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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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Ready, set, 'Let's Do This!' : SFMOMA and Town Crier invite creativity


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Ethan Lang of Los Altos creates a mind map in response to SFMOMA’s “Let’s Do This!” project.

People react to modern art much like taste buds respond to different foods – some people hate brussels sprouts while others can’t get enough of them.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” may or may not be someone’s cup of tea, but a series of art projects in January invites local residents to stir up creative concoctions flavored to their taste.

During a monthlong live art project in January titled “Let’s Do This!,” residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the greater Bay Area are encouraged to make their own art in response to a series of prompts.

Developed by “Project Los Altos” artists, the weekly calls to action are scheduled to be published as two-page spreads in the Town Crier every Wednesday in January, and online at sfmomalive.tumblr.com.

Regardless of age or artistic inclination, the prompts offer challenges to which anyone could respond.

“One of the main goals was to use a traditional medium like the newspaper – which by all accounts is widely read and revered by Los Altans – to create a space for anyone and everyone to explore, participate and feel more connected to the art on view in Los Altos that went beyond looking at the works in the exhibition,” said SFMOMA Public Programs Associate Gina Basso of the collaboration.

On week one, former Los Altos High School art teacher Charles Garoian will urge Town Crier readers and other participants to unplug from their devices and see what happens when their world is devoid of digital chatter.

Artist Chris Jankowski’s prompt will feature a competition to invent a new language that embodies the cultural identity of Silicon Valley.

As each prompt is completed, participants are invited to document their experiences through photos, videos, writing or another medium of their choice.

Each week SFMOMA and the Town Crier editorial team will collect responses via email, Twitter, Facebook, mail or hand-delivery to the Town Crier office. The Town Crier staff will compile all responses for display online, and a selection of the most creative, interesting and/or visually stimulating entries will be published in the print version of the paper.

“While the projects are really a seedbed of ideas or suggestions for creating art and performance, in the end it comes to life through public participation, and we hope your readers (and anyone else) will feel inspired to participate,” Basso said.

For a peek at the prompts and how the first participants are responding, visit sfmomalive.tumblr.com/.

Families participate in SFMOMA's "Lets Do This!" - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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