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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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Singh tops elders at pair of FCWT golf tournaments


Forget her age – Simar Singh is proof that the only number that counts on the golf course is the score. The 13-year-old from Los Altos has already won two Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tournaments this season, despite being the youngest girl in the field.

In a span of only two months, Singh captured titles at FCWT junior tournaments at San Jose’s Coyote Creek Golf Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Links, beating golfers five and four years older, respectively.

“It’s good competition and fun to play with them,” she said of facing older players.

Singh’s most recent win occurred Jan. 12 at Half Moon Bay, where she won the girls 15-19 division. The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader shot a 155 over two rounds. She topped the leaderboard at the end of the first with a 76 and held on the second day to edge 17-year-old Clementina Rodriguez of South Carolina by two strokes.

“She was a really good player,” Singh said of Rodriguez, a junior being recruited by several colleges. “It was tough to battle with her, but it was really fun.”

In November, Singh defeated 18-year-old Sarah Archuleta of Oregon by three strokes to win the girls 15-18 division at Coyote Creek. Singh shot a two-round total of 152. She bagged five birdies, thanks in part to her proficient putting.

“I love putting,” said Singh, who considers it the strength of her game. “It’s probably my favorite part of golf. It’s really helped me a lot – especially at Half Moon Bay.”

Singh added that she sunk putts “that were crucial for me” against challenger Rodriguez, whom she described as “a great putter.”

But Singh said her best shot of the day was a drive on the par-3 13th hole (130 yards). Using her 8 iron, Singh stuck the ball 5 feet from the hole. She then made the birdie putt.

“That was a good momentum booster,” she said.

Singh doesn’t make such shots by accident – she practices six days a week at the Stanford University Golf Course. Not that Singh is complaining.

“Golf is different every day,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Singh took up golf at age 8 – dad Biri introduced her to the sport – and she’s been hooked ever since. Singh played her first tournament less than a year later and now competes in 30 to 40 events per year.

Next up: the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, an American Junior Golf Association tourney scheduled Feb. 14-16 in Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I’m super excited,” said Singh, who aspires to play collegiately at Stanford.

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