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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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Legendary drummer to perform at Los Altos millennium event

Los Altos will ring in the new millennium with a world class drum roll. That's because under the millennium celebration tent, center stage, will sit jazz legend Louis Bellson and 19 other world class musicians.

In case you don't know him, Louis Bellson was a longtime drummer in Duke Ellington's big band.

His peers and fans say he's the best there ever was in the world of big band and jazz. They call him the dean of American jazz drummers.

Bellson was born July 6, 1924, and his parents named him Luigi Balassoni. He grew up, changed his name, married Pearl Bailey and went on to enjoy a long career as the drummer in Duke Ellington's big band. To those who love to swing, he's a god.

Today he makes his home in San Jose and plays with several orchestras across the United States.

Although Bellson may be the most recognizable name in the Los Altos Millennium All-Stars Band, the other members are also known performers. Fred Berry, who plays the trumpet, has performed with Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. He spent many years blowing his horn for his former band leader, Count Basie. Madeline Eastman is a well recorded singer and a top jazz performer. Jamie Davis is a seasoned song-man and delivers a Sinatra-like style.

Bellson began playing the drums at age 3. By the time he was 15 he had edged out more than 40,000 other drummers to win the coveted Gene Krupa drumming award. He has spent his life performing and recording with such greats as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr. and Duke Ellington. His late wife, Pearl Bailey, said of him, "To listen and see Louie is to know man's love of music."

All of the Millennium performers hail from professional backgrounds, and all are known to one another and to just about every other great musician performing today.

So with all their fame one would think that these musicians would prefer to spend the dawn of the new millennium relaxing rather than performing.

Not so, Berry said. "To get to play with Louis Bellson and so many other top performers, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the millennium. Everyone is really pumped. "

Invitations to the Los Altos millennium party will be mailed to all Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents in June. Fliers with more details are available at the Town Crier, City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about volunteering, event sponsorships or group tickets, call 941-0786.

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