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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

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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Obituaries

Norman Blank

Norman Blank, a world renowned radiologist in the analysis and interpretation of chest X-rays at Stanford University School of Medicine, died Aug. 22 at his Los Altos Hills home after a two-year battle with cancer. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was 73.

Mr. Blank served in the United States infantry during World War II. He graduated magna cum laude from Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1948, where he also received his medical degree in 1952.

Mr. Blank came to Stanford University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of radiology in 1962, where he later became an associate and full professor.

He was a founding member and past president of the Fleischner Society.

His real passion in medicine was teaching. He received the student-nominated Henry J. Kaiser award for excellence in teaching numerous times and became professor emeritus and accepted the position as Director of Medical School Admissions, both functions which he performed until his death.

Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Donna; five children and spouses, Roberta Blank and Thomas Yocom, Elizabeth Blank and Peter Wilcox, Rebecca Blank and Jerry Anderson, Lowell Blank and Diana Blank, and Jeannette and Rainey Meszaros; five siblings; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are scheduled at 2 p.m., Oct. 4 at Temple Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

Shelagh Cann

Shelagh Cann died Sept. 4 at her home in Los Altos Hills after a long battle with emphysema. A native of Calgary, Canada, and 40-year Los Altos resident, she was 71.

Mrs. Cann had been active until recent years as a tennis player at the Fremont Hills Country Club and with her husband in the Los Altos Rotary Club and the Foothills Congregational Church.

Mrs. Cann is survived by her husband, Bruce; two children, Graham Cann of Los Altos Hills and Sandra Kiene; and six grandchildren, Kristina, Evan, Kimberley, Ryan, Gabriel and Grainger.

Private family services were held Sept. 6. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Marjorie Cochran

Patton Kaub

Marjorie Cochran Patton Kaub, of Sunnyvale, an organist for Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos for 20 years, died Sept. 14. She was 69.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Mrs. Patton Kaub received a master's degree in music from Indiana University in 1951. She married that same year to Rollin Marcum ("Mark") Patton.

Following Mr. Patton's death in 1988, Mrs. Patton Kaub married Karl F. Kaub in 1990.

In addition to her work at Foothills Congregational, Mrs. Patton Kaub played at First Congregational Church in San Jose and was a substitute musician for various churches, schools and music groups in the Bay Area.

Mrs. Patton Kaub is survived by her mother, Margaret Alcorn Cochran of Dunedin, Fla.; her husband, Karl F. Kaub; her children, Sara Patton of Maui, Hawaii; Tom Patton of Carson City, Nev.; Scott Patton of San Francisco; and Nancy Patton of Sunnyvale; and her stepchildren, Lisa Hernacki of Santa Clarita, and Kurt Kaub of Sunnyvale.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Presbyterian Church of Sunnyvale, 728 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale.

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