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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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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

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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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ELFRIEDE “ELFIE” WIESENDANGER

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OBIT ElfriedeWiesendanger2

   
1/11/1927 – 11/19/2013
Resident of Los Altos

On November 19, 2013 we lost a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and overall terrific human being after battling dementia for the last several years.

Elfie was born and raised in Switzerland and married her husband Hans in May, 1954. In 1955, Hans took a research position at UCLA and they immigrated to California. Elfie was pregnant with their first child Thomas, who coincidentally was the first baby born in the new UCLA hospital. While Hans’s assignment at UCLA was for two years, they fell in love with California and never went back home. In 1957 they moved to Mountain View and then to Los Altos in 1967.

Elfie was a stay at home mom raising 4 children, often singlehandedly as Hans often travelled internationally for work. While a credentialed kindergarten teacher in Switzerland, she went back to school and received her Library degree from Foothill College. As the kids grew up, in 1974 Elfie hired into the Germanic Studies area of the Green Library at Stanford University. She loved to sing and was a member of the Stanford Symphonic Choir for over 10 years. Elfie retired from Stanford after 20 years and in 2004, Elfie and Hans move to Vi in Palo Alto to enjoy their senior years.

In addition to singing, Elfie loved classical music, fine art, entertaining, knitting and raising flowers. She took art appreciation classes well into her 60’s. Elfie was a very strong woman swimming every day or walking to keep fit. She doted on her grandkids taking them to the park, the ballet, movies and playing games with them. Elfie and Hans were members of the Peninsula Swiss Club for over 30 years.

Elfie was preceded in death by her youngest son Felix Paul, who passed away in 1991, after a lengthy illness. During that period she was a tremendous, devoted care giver to Felix ensuring his final days were as comfortable as possible.

Elfie is survived by her husband Hans of 59 years, her son Thomas and his wife Dodi from Zurich Switzerland, her Daughter Brigitte and her husband Eric Imhof of Pinole, CA and son Mark and his wife Judy, of Danville, CA and her beloved grandchildren Sarah and Jonas Wiesendanger living in Zurich, Switzerland; Eric Pierson Imhof in Pinole, and Christina and Kathryn Wiesendanger in Danville.

While we mourn her loss here on earth, we are thankful that she did not suffer and that now after 22 long years, she is reunited with her son Felix Paul.

A celebration of life will be held at 2p.m. on January 11, at the Vi located at 620 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, CA. The family is especially grateful to the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Vi, who were always very warm and compassionate, and always had a smile on their face.

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