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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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Honoring an unforgettable woman: Other Voices


Tefft

Carol Tefft died last year. There was only a small notice (Town Crier, Nov. 6), because she had moved from Los Altos to live near her children a few years after her retirement as head librarian at the Los Altos Library. We have had several head librarians since, all professional and very competent, but none like Carol. She formed and guided our library during most of its existence. For those who knew and worked with her, Carol was the face of the library.

Carol became head librarian in 1962, shortly after moving to Los Altos with her family. We didn’t have a dedicated building at that time, though the current one was under construction.

Carol joined the small American Association of University Women group that formed Friends of the Library in the early 1960s. She worked as a Friend to support the library in addition to running it, and she never missed a book sale in 37 years.

In the early years, Friends meetings were held in Carol’s library office, and the Friends reciprocated with assistance whenever needed. When Carol retired as head librarian, she became a regular Friend of the library and sorted books every Thursday.

Carol tapped into the community whenever the library needed something, and the community never failed her. When computers replaced the card catalog, she realized that many cardholders would need assistance learning to use them. She recruited a group of volunteers, taught them how to use the new catalog, then scheduled the 70 volunteers to cover all the library hours. No library had ever called on the community like that before.

Nothing demonstrates Carol’s innovation, library skills and community involvement better than “Carol’s Friday Humor.” She had quickly become the personal computer maven of the community. As we became computer users, we began to receive “Carol’s Friday Humor” via email. Carol collected and organized amusing tidbits sent to her during the week. The consummate librarian cataloged the articles and distributed them Friday evenings via the Internet in what may be one of the first blogs.

An article published in the Town Crier April 21, 1998, the year Carol retired, demonstrated how well she understood the community and stood ready to innovate. Our library was always the first in the system to receive the latest technology. We were the first to have a personal computer available to the public, the first to have a computer checkout machine and, continuing in her spirit, we are scheduled to be the first in the Santa Clara County Library system to have a 3-D printer.

For this reason, we propose that the “Innovation Space” that will house this printer would serve as an appropriate memorial to Carol. Other devices may come and go, but we innovate because of her inspiration. The plaque for this space could read: “Dedicated to Carol Tefft, Los Altos Head Librarian, 1962-1998: Innovator, Inspirational Leader, Beloved Member of the Community.”

Elayne Dauber is a longtime member of Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community. For more information, visit losaltoslibraryfriends.org.

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