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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Back-to-school stress and some solutions

House Call

Going back to school can be an exciting yet stressful time for children and teens.

Remember when you were a child or teen starting a new school year? As a young child, you may have been scared about leaving mom and dad, or with the possibility of getting a mean teacher. As a teen, you may have been concerned about making friends, fitting in or doing well in classes.

The good news is that parents can help their children prepare for the change, making the transition less stressful.

Common problems, some solutions

For some children, anxiety about going back to school can manifest into physical distress, such as headaches or abdominal pain. If your child has a recurring physical complaint, it may be time for a gentle investigation.

For a young child, talking about the upcoming school year and its unknowns may be all that's necessary. If this doesn't work, you might try taking the child to the school to meet a friendly teacher and talk to children who enjoy school.

Older children and teens may be anxious about their ability to perform at school. To help your child do well in school, you can become aware of poor performance and help your child get organized early. You may decide to ask your child's teacher to inform you if your child is having any trouble. It may also help to structure regular study times in a quiet place or arrange for tutoring.

Eat, sleep and be healthy

Children or teens will enjoy better overall health and reduced stress levels if they eat well and get plenty of sleep. Parents can help keep their child's sleeping and eating habits consistent.

Because summertime tends to be more relaxed than the school year, children tend to go to bed late and wake up late. Making sleep a priority - by aiming for 10 to 11 hours each night - can prevent a youth from being over-tired and over-stressed.

A healthy diet, including a nutritious breakfast, is essential for an alert mind and healthy body. Children and teens need three to four servings of calcium daily: a cup of milk or yogurt, a cup of calcium-fortified orange juice or an ounce of cheese. Protein is essential for brain and muscle development: pinto, black or soy beans; meat; chicken; fish and eggs. Adequate iron from red meat, beans or iron-fortified cereal prevents anemia, which has been found to impair learning, is also important. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and other nutrients and are a good source of fiber.

Change is stressful for all of us - including our children. These tactics will help keep your child as stress-free as possible as a new school year begins.

Martino is a pediatrician at the Los Altos Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. This monthly column is provided by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and column editor Arian Dasmalchi.

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