Mon10202014

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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First Friday celebrates second anniversary


Sharon Storms/Special to the Town Crier
Members of the accordion group the Sunday Seven perform in front of Le Boulanger in downtown Los Altos during First Friday festivities Dec. 6.

Los Altos Forward volunteers celebrated the second anniversary of First Friday events at a Dec. 6 party at Nature Gallery.

A grassroots group supported by the Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Forward comprises local residents, business owners and property owners who promote community vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.

“First Fridays are exciting because they are multigenerational events that bring the community together,” said Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery.

Monthly First Fridays are designed to encourage people to visit downtown to socialize while supporting local businesses and restaurants. Each First Friday boasts a theme, many of which highlight the work of other community organizations. Over the past two years, First Friday has saluted local veterans in partnership with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, joined forces with Los Altos School District art docent Kimberly Dickerson to feature a “Los Altos Youth Welcomes SFMOMA” theme and collaborated with the Los Altos Village Association to host the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Community Plaza.

First Fridays include live music from students and adults, coordinated by Jacqueline Trager, extended shopping hours and a scavenger hunt and drawing. Student volunteers from the high school Key Club and retired seniors welcome attendees on the streets and distribute information on the evening’s activities.

“It has been very exciting and rewarding to experience the support of the downtown businesses, the Town Crier, the city, property owners and the community toward making our downtown vibrant and special,” said Joe Eyre, founder of First Fridays. “First Fridays have broadened perspectives from which even more innovative ideas will develop in the near future.”

In 2014, Garsten and Jamie Lucia of Los Altos Community Chiropractic will co-lead First Friday planning and events.

Despite a busy holiday season, First Friday organizers aren’t slowing down to start the new year. The next First Friday is scheduled Jan. 3.

For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.

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