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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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Foothill festival is ‘Here Today, Gone Tomorrow’


Photo By: courtesy of Lori Thomas
Photo Courtesy Of Lori Thomas

“Visiting Dad” is among seven one-act plays scheduled to be performed this week at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The Foothill College Theatre Conservatory is slated to present “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” – seven short plays about life and death – Thursday through Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

The student-directed plays are part of Foothill’s one-act play festival. It’s a showcase for those enrolled in Foothill’s Theatre Conservatory, an intensive theater-training program for serious students of college-age and older.

“The one-act festival is a tradition at Foothill College,” said Janis Bergmann, Foothill theatre arts instructor. “It’s the perfect vehicle for the theater student who is learning the rigors and demands of producing for an audience. Each of the show’s acts provides challenging, well-rounded roles for student-actors, as well as complete, well-structured plays for student-directors.”

Jacob Marker of Cupertino, Pratiksha Shah of Sunnyvale, Michael Weiland, Julia Rotakhina and Erin Southard of San Jose, Taylor Sanders of San Mateo and Jeremy Griffith of Fremont direct the vignettes. Cast members include Jytte Galsgaard of Los Altos and Mountain View residents Chase Kinsey and Nicholas Schmittzeh.

The play lineup:

• “Visiting Dad.” Before Laura can accept Mike’s proposal, they must dig deep – approximately 6 feet – to get Dad’s blessing. Written by Judith Fein.

• “St. Francis Preaches to the Birds.” A humble priest offers two vultures food for thought, but his wisdom can be difficult to digest. Written by David Ives.

• “Dissonance.” On an emotional quest to find closure with her mother’s passing, Tricia encounters her mother’s long lost pianist protégé, Fitz. Together they search to make peace with their losses and find harmony in their existence. Written by Craig Pospisil.

• “The Devil is in the Details.” Larry and Sheila are a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who discover – the hard way – that details matter. Written by Jill Elaine Hughes.

• “The Disruptive, Discursive Delusion of Donald.” Two peculiar strangers hold the power to change Donald’s life forever, depending on the color of his socks. Written by Michael Roderick.

• “Asteroid Belt.” It’s midnight, pouring rain and their daughter isn’t home yet, so Jay and Sue cope with the fateful moments before Carly returns – or not. Written by Lauren Feldmen.

• “The Mysteries of the Castle of the Monk of Falconara.” Three prominent novelists are summoned to an eerie castle in the Italian countryside on a stormy night. They soon discover that their mysterious hostess harbors a deadly secret that makes their blood run cold. Written by James Armstrong.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

Tickets are $7-$14; parking is $3.

For advance tickets and more information, call 949-7360 or visit www.foothill.edu/theatre.

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