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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

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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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World premiere of ‘Being Earnest’ debuts this week


Photo By: Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Tracy Martin/Special To The Town Crier

Lady Bracknell (Maureen McVerry, center) is horrified by the antics of Jack Worthing (Hayden Tee, left) and her daughter Gwendolyn (Mindy Lym, right) in world premiere musical “Being Earnest,” presented by TheatreWorks today through April 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks’ world premiere of “Being Earnest” – the new musical from Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist Paul Gordon – is scheduled to open this week and run through April 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A hit at TheatreWorks’ 2012 New Works Festival, the play is a lyrical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The musical resets the romantic comedy of mistaken identities in 1964 London’s swinging Carnaby Street

In the midst of a London buzzing with mod fashion, new music and evolving ideas of morality, young friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff find themselves adopting the pseudonym “Ernest” for various complicated reasons. The two women they court both confess to loving the name as much as the man. The four unexpectedly meet at Worthing’s country home under the disapproving eye of Lady Bracknell, and chaos ensues.

The cast features several actors reprising their roles from the staged reading of “Being Earnest” in last summer’s New Works Festival.

Hayden Tee, returning as the mischievous Jack Worthing, has appeared in productions with Alliance Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Opera Australia and New Zealand’s Court Theatre.

Riley Krull, seen around the Bay Area in productions at the Magic Theatre, 42nd Street Moon and Diablo Theatre Company, returns as the innocent Cecily Cardew.

The role of the stern Lady Bracknell will once again be played by Maureen McVerry, whose credits include roles at TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and the Magic Theatre.

Diana Torres Koss, who has been seen in several productions at TheatreWorks, reprises her role as Cecily’s tutor Miss Prism.

Brian Herndon, who has appeared in roles with TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, returns as Dr. Chausable and Lane.

Robert Kelley, founding artistic director of TheatreWorks, directs “Earnest.”

The production includes musical direction by William Liberatore, scenic design by Joe Ragey, costume design by Fumiko Bielefeldt, lighting design by Steven B. Mannshardt and sound design by Jeffrey Mockus.

Composer/lyricist/book writer Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for his score for the Broadway musical “Jane Eyre.” He won the 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his book for the musical “Emma,” which was developed and received its world premiere at TheatreWorks.

Composer Jay Gruska is a hit songwriter (for Bette Midler, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Amy Grant, Robert Palmer and others) and a three-time Emmy award-nominated film/TV composer. “Being Earnest” is his third theatrical musical collaboration.

Previews are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday; the musical is set to open at the same time Saturday. Future shows are slated 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays (no 7 p.m. show April 28), 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 and/or 8 p.m. Saturdays (no 2 p.m. show April 27).

Tickets are $23-$73,

For advance tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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