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FAA report

FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

The Federal Aviation...

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Schools

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Almond community packs meals for those in need


Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and...

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Community

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at T...

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Sports

Spartans vault to the top of CCS

Spartans vault to the top of CCS


Steve Silverman/special to the Town Crier
The Mountain View High gymnastics team last week claimed its first Central Coast Section title. Front, from left: head coach Kayla Chee and assistant coach Youlee Lee. Middle: Melissa Pinker, Natalie Rockho...

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Comment

Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also note...

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Special Sections

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Melissa and Nick French, right with son Grayson, pooled their talents to design their dream home. Melissa designed the living room sofa and table.

Melissa and Nick French took “do it yourself” to a new dimens...

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Business

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

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People

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristal...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the perfo...

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Spiritual Life

Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests...

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Take fun approach to teaching children about nutrition


Courtesy of Brandpoint
Cooking with children allows them to contribute to meal preparation and learn about what they are eating.

As children head back to school, life for families becomes more hectic. But just because days are busy, don’t allow nutrition to fall by the wayside. Teaching children nutritious eating habits now can mean a lifetime of health – in addition to the social benefits of eating, laughing and spending time together.

“The more parents can do to involve children in the process, the decisions on what they are eating and where their food comes from, the better off they will be at helping them learn reverence and appreciation for food,” said Anni Daulter, professional cook, nutrition expert and author of several books, including “The Organic Family Cookbook” (Sellers Publishing, 2011).

Following are some simple tips from Daulter to get children excited about nutrition and urge them to make good food choices.

Make mealtime special

Create a routine. Consider starting dinner at the same time each night. Designate different nights for different types of meals, such as vegetarian Mondays or make-your-own pizza Saturdays. Encourage children to help with meal preparation and cleanup, if age appropriate. Light a candle during dinner, and allocate plenty of time for conversation – it’s one of the best ways to bond with loved ones.

“In our fast-paced lives, we have somehow lost the concept that eating is not just about the actual food,” Daulter said. “It’s about the connection, the time spent enjoying every bite, laughing, talking and sharing. Our families need this time together.”

Adopt a healthful morning routine

While many families feel the crunch on weekday mornings, it’s important to make time for breakfast so that children get the nutrition they need before heading to school. Healthful breakfasts incorporate whole grains, protein, fresh fruit and supplements that support brain and body health.

“Supplements can be an easy way for mom and dad to ensure that their children get the important nutrients they need, especially during busy mornings,” Daulter noted.

She recommends giving children a boost of brain-building nutrition with an omega-3 supplement.

“This essential nutrient is brain food, proven to support brain growth and health,” Daulter added. “Additionally, omega-3s support a healthy immune and nervous system.”

Make tasty school lunches

When children are fed better, they learn better, according to Daulter.

“Their bodies react to being fed good, pure foods that give them the fuel they need to get through each and every school day,” she said.

Save time by making lunches the night before, or organize a big Sunday cut-and-chop day for raw ingredients throughout the week.

Daulter said she puts items like black-bean soup, Caesar salad, homemade wheat parmesan chips and Asian pears and clementines in her children’s lunches.

Have nutritious snacks on hand

Daulter said she keeps several small children’s tables throughout the house so that her kids can nibble on snacks while they play. She offers snacks like nuts, homemade fruit roll-ups, pumpkin seeds, veggie popcorn, fresh fruits, carrot sticks and cheese.

“Kids’ bodies tend to be more in tune with their internal signals, and they inherently seem to know that they need more little meals throughout the day rather than three big meals,” she said. “Eating smaller portions frequently throughout the day provides more energy when we need it and is easier for our bodies to digest.”

Teach better eating habits

Most children enjoy being involved in the meal preparation process. When you go to the grocery store or farmers’ market, allow children to help select veggies and fruits. If you grow your own, let them pick the produce and help wash, peel and prep it for meals.

“My kids and their friends love to cook and help us prepare meals, and the more we include them in the process, the more invested they become in their own health,” Daulter said. “Even the youngest child can help mix in flour for fresh bread or learn to whip her own honey butter.”

Daulter said including children in meal preparation gives them not only practical and valuable life skills, but also “loving memories of family cooking days that were spent laughing, creating and, of course, eating.”

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