Mon10202014

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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Community Briefs

Woman’s club hosts professional organizer

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled professional organizer Lisa Mark to speak at its Feb. 5 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Mark, a Certified Professional Organizer and founder of The Time Butler Professional Organizers, specializes in small business and residential organizing, productivity coaching, relocation and developing strategies for clients with critical illness or injury. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Mark’s presentation at 1 p.m.

Admission is open to the public, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call 948-3553.

Docent discusses work of Matisse

Fine-arts docent Ellen Harden is scheduled to discuss the “Matisse from SFMOMA” exhibition 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Henri Matisse, the French Impressionist and Neoimpressionist painter, is known for his use of color and his influence on the evolution of modern art in the early 20th century.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 7 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art while it undergoes renovation.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Los Altos PREPARE seeks team leaders

Los Altos PREPARE has scheduled a training session for local residents interested in serving on Block Action Teams (BATs) 6-9 p.m. today at El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The mission of BATs is to help neighborhoods “Connect, Care and Prepare” in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

The role of a BAT leader is to define his or her neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize volunteers and events. General responsibilities include encouraging neighborhood social events, developing a neighborhood roster, communicating emergency response information and organizing a neighborhood watch.

To sign up, complete the application at losaltosbat.org/become-a-bat-leader or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit losaltosbat.org.

Library exhibition features local artists

The Los Altos main library has scheduled an exhibition of handmade textile crafts by four local artists through January.

The exhibition features Jessica Bernhardt’s quilt wall hangings, Elissa Welikson’s silk paintings, Mary Anderson’s weavings and Ginger Summit’s felt work.

The larger works are hanging on the wall between the front and back entrances. Smaller items are in the cabinet near the New Books area.

The Los Altos main library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 948-7683.

MV Senior Center hosts Aging in Place event

The city of Mountain View and the Druker Center for Innovation have scheduled the annual Aging in Place conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature an array of seminars of interest to seniors and their families. Topics include “Living with Arthritis” and “How to Get the Most Out of Your Golden Years.” Vendors and elder-care advocates will be on-site to answer questions.

Admission is free.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase.

For more information, email Nora Beltran, Senior Advisory Committee member, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Los Altos Kiwanis accepts grant applications

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos is accepting applications for grants awarded to local nonprofit organizations that benefit youth or seniors.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday.

For applications, visit losaltoskiwanis.org/giving-back/grants.

Square-dancing class scheduled Mondays

The Bows and Beaus Square Dance Club, featuring caller/teacher Keith Ferguson, has scheduled classes for adult singles and couples 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos.

Square dancers may wear pants, jeans, prairie skirts or nonwestern attire.

Classes cost $5 per person.

For more information, call Nanci at 390-9261 or Tom at 561-4551, or visit bowsandbeaus.org.

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