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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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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

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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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Local youth perform Sunday with Palo Alto Philharmonic

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association is scheduled to host its annual Family Concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The five winners of this year’s Concerto Movement Competition will perform as soloists with the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

Musicians of high school age or younger were eligible to participate in the Concerto Movement Competition. After a preliminary screening of applicants’ recorded performances, the finalists auditioned before a panel of judges. This year’s winners all attend Peninsula schools. Following is a list of winners and their concert solo pieces.

• Elena Ariza, 14, a freshman at Menlo School, has studied cello for 10 years. She is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She won first place in five different solo competitions in 2012. She and her friends performed at charity concerts around the Bay Area last year, raising more than $12,000 for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Ariza will play the Sinfonia Concertante (Op. 125), second movement, by Prokofiev.

• Alex Chien, 14, is a freshman at Bellarmine College Preparatory. He has studied piano since he was 4 years old. Among his recent awards are first place in both the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the 2013 Marian Filice Piano Competition. He has been a soloist with many Bay Area orchestras, including the Peninsula Symphony, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony. He will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor (Op. 30).

• Songyi Chun, 17, a senior at St. Francis High School, began her cello studies at age 9. She has performed as a soloist with the El Camino Youth Symphony and has won multiple competitions, including the Peninsula Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition and the Korean Times Youth Music Competition. She will play “Schelomo” by Ernest Bloch.

• Jeremy Tai, 14, studied cello for seven years at the San Francisco Conservatory. He is a freshman at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. He won first place in 2012 at both the Music Teachers’ National Association Performance Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition. When he was 10, the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley selected him to perform Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Tai will play the first movement of Dvorak’s Concerto for Cello in B minor (Op. 104).

• Alex Zhou, 11, a sixth-grader at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, has studied violin for the past five years. He won first place last year at both the California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy. He has appeared on the National Public Radio show “From the Top.” Zhou will play “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

For tickets ($5-$10) and more information, visit www.paphil.org/family.php.

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