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Mountain View braces for Super Bowl crowds

Mountain View braces for Super Bowl crowds


Graphic Courtesy of City of Mountain View
The purple parking lots above indicate where paid parking for the Super Bowl is allowed in downtown Mountain View. Other lots are open but still carry three-hour time constraints.

Downtown Mountain View wil...

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Los Altos High student hopes to bring animal therapy to school

Los Altos High student hopes to bring animal therapy to school


Courtesy of Christine Lenz
Los Altos High junior Riley Fujioka, left, works with Animal Assisted Happiness program manager Simone Haroush-van Dam.

Research affirms that the therapeutic effects of animals help reduce stress in humans, and one Los Alt...

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Sports

Panthers outpace Priory

Panthers outpace Priory


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood’s Matt Peery lays up the ball in Friday’s win over Woodside Priory. Peery paced the Panthers with 19 points.

While height helps, the Pinewood School boys are proof that basketball is not ...

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From the City Manager's Desk: Fulfilling our mission

 

For those of us who work for Los Altos, the mission is “to foster and maintain the city of Los Altos as a great place to live and to raise a family.” The city’s employees take this mission seriously and – individually ...

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Special Sections

'Machos': Middle Eastern nachos ideal for Super Bowl

'Machos': Middle Eastern nachos ideal for Super Bowl


Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Blanche Shaheen, above with her brother Issa, shares her Middle Eastern take on nachos – ideal for a Super Bowl party. Shaheen’s “Machos,” right, feature feta, tahini sauce, Persian cucumbe...

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Business

Businesses on Main Street make moves

Businesses on Main Street make moves


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Several stores on Main Street in downtown Los Altos are in the midst of changing hands.

In the coming months, Main Street will welcome several new businesses to fill empty storefronts.

Jennifer Quinn, the city’s econo...

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People

ROSEMARY FRASER

Rosemary Fraser, age 81, a long-time resident of the Los Altos/Palo Alto area, died peacefully Friday, the 22nd of January at her home. It was a sudden death; hypertension was the underlying cause.

Born in 1934 in Florence, Arizona, Rosemary enjoyed...

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Stepping Out

West Bay Opera tackles Tchaikovsky's 'Onegin'

West Bay Opera tackles Tchaikovsky's 'Onegin'


Otak Jump/Special to the Town Crier
Olga Chernisheva and Silas Elash perform in West Bay Opera’s “Eugene Onegin.”

The West Bay Opera production of “Eugene Onegin” is scheduled Feb. 19-28 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305...

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Spiritual Life

How to cultivate childlike faith in a grown-up world

And Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

– Matt. 18:3

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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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"Nurse Barb" offers college-ready health primer for recent graduates


courtesy of University of Oregon
University health centers offer more than just doctors on call – students can find travel and vaccination services, sexual health resources including free condoms, mental health services and often even a pharmacy.

Mountain View-based nurse-practitioner Barbara Dehn, known as author and presenter “Nurse Barb,” compiled tips for parents this year as they prepare students for the transition to college.

Eating and sleeping well, study habits, exercise and drug and alcohol choices are key components of a family conversation on the way to college.

But Dehn identified a few key topics that aren’t necessarily as obvious to parents. In an interview with the Town Crier, she provided a checklist of topics families might want to approach as the school year starts. She’s having these discussions herself – her son begins college in Oregon this fall.

Words of wisdom

Dehn’s first piece of advice: Make a family plan about privacy and/or shared health information. Under the law, a student has full medical and academic privacy rights when he or she turns 18. That means that a family needs to discuss what information children will choose to share with their parents, and how. Some families sign health-care proxies, durable power-of-attorney forms or health-care advance directive forms to keep on file with the university. This allows parents – with consent – to access records and participate in health-care decisions.

“You can set boundaries with your children and let them know that we’re not asking for carte blanche,” Dehn said. “Parents know their children really well. If you have a child and you know that they have some challenges – asthma, for instance – you might say that it’s really helpful for you to be able to talk to health-care providers on campus about asthma.”

Other families discuss mental health resources and stress management. Sometimes an orientation visit to the health center, on-campus pharmacy and counseling center can establish where to find assistance on demand.

“You want everyone to be successful, no matter what their challenges are – being open and not being ashamed,” Dehn said. “I highly recommend that parents who know that their children may have some challenges have that conversation at the health center ahead of time, so they’re aware and alert.

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At her son’s university, Dehn was intrigued to see a vaccination corner of the health center for students planning to study abroad, as well as information-sharing authorizations that allowed students to specify exactly when and how parents could participate in their health care. In addition to mental health resources, they start the year with relationship and sexual health information. Dehn has seen young patients with a huge range of comfort levels when it comes to discussing sexual subjects, and she believes in providing an opening for conversation and education, and letting the young person take it from there. University health centers continue the process that parents should start.

“I love that they had free condoms – female condoms, male condoms, lubricant – and they have the kids take a safe and consensual sex class,” Dehn said of her son’s school.

Dehn believes that a self-defense class might be the most helpful summer program for incoming freshmen – girls and boys. Both genders experience sexual assaults on college campuses, and those incidents are among the most underreported crimes, particularly for male victims. Dehn said universities have begun offering self-defense courses though PE departments. Training in physical assertiveness and situation assessment can contribute to safety beyond sexual encounters. Hazing by sports teams or in dorms can lead to physical confrontations, too.

“When trust has been built up and a person is confused and not really sure they’re reading the situation correctly, by the time they’re in an uncomfortable position, they have fewer recourses,” Dehn said. “And drugs and alcohol often play a role in acquaintance assault.”

Difficult conversations

Classes can build out a personal toolkit for assessing and responding to situations with escalating risk. And parents don’t need to wait for college classes to get their children thinking about these topics. Dehn believes that practicing difficult conversations – thinking through situations that might arise with a child, just to start the process of identifying problems and finding resources – should start as early as possible.

Learning how to verbally negotiate new dynamics – with roommates, friends or professors – can start at home. She suggests that parents might introduce a “what-ifs” chat during shared activities or on a drive: What would you do if …? Then what would happen?

“Not every child is communicative, but at least if you put it out there, they’ll realize it could happen,” Dehn said.

For more information on making a healthy transition to college, visit Dehn’s website at nursebarb.com or follow her on Twitter @NurseBarbDehn.

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