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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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St. Nicholas student starts sports-shoe drive


Courtesy of Julie Eng
Lauren Kiachian, seventh-grader at St. Nicholas School and founder of L.A.C.E.S., and Jeff Maier, sports director at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View, teamed up to collect used sports shoes for children in need.

Knowing that children often outgrow their expensive sports shoes before they wear them out, St. Nicholas School seventh-grader Lauren Kiachian organized a shoe drive to help those in need.

While attending her brother’s soccer game last fall, Lauren noticed the opposing team sliding around the field because some of the players didn’t have proper cleats. She thought about how often she and her brother outgrew their sports shoes while they were still in good condition and devised a plan to hold a youth sports-shoe drive and donate the shoes to charities and nonprofit groups for distribution to children around the Bay Area who otherwise might not be able to afford the proper sports footwear.

Lauren teamed up with Jeff Maier, sports director at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View, to found L.A.C.E.S. (Let All Children Enjoy Sports). They arranged for a L.A.C.E.S. drive that coincided with the YMCA Youth Basketball League’s annual team photos. During that event, Lauren collected 62 pairs of sports shoes that were distributed to children in need in the Bay Area.

L.A.C.E.S. has scheduled a series of upcoming drives. Families with youth sports shoes in reasonably good condition may donate them at scheduled collections: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 18 at the Los Altos High School baseball field, 201 Almond Ave.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St., Mountain View; and noon to 5 p.m. March 15 at the El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.

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