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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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Eagles hold on, beat pesky Falcons by six


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum dunks on Saratoga in Friday night’s league game. The host Eagles prevailed 55-49.

For much of Friday’s boys basketball game, it was hard to tell the first-place team from the squad sitting at the bottom of the league. But as good teams often do, Los Altos High made plays when it mattered most and held off Saratoga 55-49.

Trailing by two at intermission after an erratic first half, the host Eagles outscored the Falcons 30-22 the rest of the way by making shots and stops at crucial times.

Los Altos’ big three – Steven Garverick, Joey Malgesini and Daniel Rosenbaum – combined to score 23 points after halftime and proved instrumental in stifling Saratoga’s offense.

“They came up big,” coach Bob McFarlane said of his trio. “They’re competitors and they went after it.”

Garverick finished with a team-high 19 points, Malgesini scored 13 and Rosenbaum added 10 – including the highlight play of the night.

With the Eagles leading 44-42 with 6:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rosenbaum faked out his defender and exploded to the rim for a dunk that ignited the nervous home crowd.

This prompted a Saratoga timeout, and the respite seemed to renew Los Altos’ defensive energy. The Eagles held the Falcons scoreless the next three minutes – the visitors missed five shots and committed two turnovers – while Los Altos extended its advantage to 49-42 on Thomas Kelleher’s baseline jumper, set up by Rosenbaum’s drive and dish.

Saratoga wouldn’t go away, however. The Falcons closed the gap to one by scoring six straight points, the final three on Michael Cole’s 3-pointer with 1:16 left. The Eagles struggled all evening to defend the crafty 5-foot-10 guard, who totaled 27 points.

“He hurt us last time, too,” said McFarlane, referring to last month’s 65-54 win at Saratoga. “We were well aware of him. He’s just a good little player.”

Malgesini responded for Los Altos, getting fouled on a successful drive down the middle. His free throw put the Eagles up 52-48 with 57 seconds remaining.

Cole cut the lead to three by splitting a pair of free throws with 26 ticks to go, and that’s as close as the Falcons would get. Garverick converted two foul shots with 16 seconds left – putting Los Altos ahead 54-49 – and Rosenbaum made another free throw with four seconds to play.

The win helped the Eagles’ ease the pain of their first league loss – 55-51 at Palo Alto two days earlier – and fortify their first-place standing. Los Altos improved to 7-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 15-6 overall.

“That was a tough loss and the guys were a little deflated,” McFarlane said. “This was a good one to get out of our system.”

The Eagles are two games ahead of Milpitas and Paly with four to play. Saratoga sits in last place at 1-8 and is 6-14 overall.

Los Altos is slated to visit rival Mountain View 7 p.m. today.

2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School vs. Saratoga High School -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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