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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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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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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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Panthers put up 80 in victory


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School guard Marissa Hing puts up a shot in Friday’s game against Valley Christian-Dublin. She scored 12 points.

Friday’s rematch of girls basketball teams that met in the Northern California Division V semifinals – Pinewood School and Valley Christian-Dublin – featured virtually the same players as last year, but the score was vastly different.

Pinewood won again, only this time it wasn’t close. The host Panthers prevailed 80-41 over the Vikings, who never led in the non-league contest. Eleven players scored for Pinewood, paced by sophomore Chloe Eackles’ 13 points.

“We shot well tonight,” said coach Doc Scheppler, whose team made only 10 of 47 shots from the field in the 37-30 win at Valley Christian last March. “That’s how we can play. It’s not like we played a terrible team. To beat them by that much shows we’re pretty good.”

Each team entered Friday’s game with just one loss and surely could meet again in the NorCal playoffs. The Panthers, off to an 11-1 start, have set their sights on returning to Sacramento for another shot at the state crown.

“We’ve improved so much from last year,” Pinewood senior Leeana Bade said. “I think we can make it to state this year and hopefully we win this time.”

If the Panthers continue to play like they did Friday, that’s a distinct possibility.

“We’ve been playing a lot like this lately,” said Bade, whose stat line included four points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. “This is how we should always be playing.”

Pinewood jumped to a 9-0 lead just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Monique McDevitt started it off by burying a baseline 3 and Eackles dropped in a pair of treys from the top of the key.

By quarter’s end, McDevitt drilled another 3 and Gabi Bade (Leeana’s younger sister) knocked one down as well. Coupled with layins from Kendahl Wallis-Lang and Leeana Bade, the Panthers led 19-12.

Pinewood, which nailed five of its eight shots from 3-point range in the opening quarter, made three more in the second to pull away from Valley Christian (9-2). Eackles, Gabi Bade and freshman Priya Sundaresan connected from 3 on consecutive possessions, part of a 16-0 run featuring points from six players.

Point guard Marissa Hing capped the spurt by scoring three points the hard way – making a layin after getting knocked to the floor, then hitting the free throw. This put Pinewood ahead 36-14 with 3:07 remaining in the half.

“By and large, we got shots, got to the rim and finished plays,” Scheppler said. “That’s a classic Pinewood game.”

The Panthers closed the half with a layin by freshman Akayla Hackson just before the buzzer. Hing set it up by driving the lane, attracting the defense’s attention, before dishing the ball to Hackson under the hoop.

Hing totaled six assists, 12 points and four rebounds.

“Marissa was awesome,” Scheppler said.

Ahead 42-21 at intermission, Pinewood pushed its advantage to 27 points by the end of the third quarter on Hing’s right-side trey with two ticks left.

The Panthers turned to their bench for much of the fourth, playing four freshmen at times. All of them scored in the quarter and Sundaresan finished the game with 11 points.

“I think I was most pleased by our group in the fourth quarter,” Scheppler said. “They didn’t let down – they got shots and defensively did a great job against their starters that were still in the game. Our freshmen came in and did a great job.”

Pinewood is scheduled to host International 6:30 p.m. today – its final tune-up before starting West Bay Athletic League play.


2013 girls basketball: Pinewood School vs. Valley Christian - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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