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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Time management can reduce stresses of student life throughout the year

As the lazy summer months near their end, students returning to school will once again need to plan out their busy schedules to balance their academic studies with part-time working hours, club meetings and athletics practice.

When there are so many meetings to attend and tasks to complete, it can be very difficult to make time for studying, relaxing or even sleeping. Having good time-management skills is the surest way to combat such problems.

Adina Glickman, assistant director for peer and academic support at Stanford University, runs a course that teaches study skills and learning strategies to students, with a heavy focus on developing time-management skills.

At such a prestigious and high-level institution as Stanford, the heavy workload can often cause problems for students.

"Stanford runs on the quarter system, with each term being 10 weeks," Glickman said. "Students are given enormous amounts of work at a very rapid pace, and often this forces them to reduce their sleeping hours."

According to Glickman, the keys to effective time management are good organization and prioritizing tasks.

"It is most important to have a written organizational system, whether it be an electronic planner like a Palm Pilot or simply a small paper daily planner with space to write," she said. "Students have to unload millions of details from their heads, to create space in their brains."

Heather Guidice, regional director for Sylvan Learning Center in Mountain View, suggested students write down tasks on a daily action list and cross them out as they complete them. She emphasized setting achievable daily goals, so that a sense of accomplishment can be retained at the end of the day.

Additionally, Guidice said, students should make efforts to understand precisely what it is that teachers expect of them for certain assignments, as a clear understanding saves time down the line.

"Having neat, well-organized notes can also reduce the amount of time needed to get started on study," she said. "Also, having an organized study area, knowing where you keep everything, saves having to waste time looking for things."

Some strategies can be used to make time for other activities.

"Developing routines can be an effective way of managing time, because habits don't require much thought and can free up concentration in your head," Glickman said. "And use small bits of time: Going over notes for class when standing in line for the ATM can save time."

Glickman also said a minimum of six hours' sleep allows for better concentration and time use during the day. Taking a "power nap" in the middle of the day can compensate for a night spent stuck in textbooks.

During the busiest of weeks, bouts of exercise provide a good way to alleviate stress.

"Often when people feel stressed, they take a nap - but really this doesn't solve their problem," Glickman said. "It's better to go for a run, to expend some energy. This allows for their heads to clear."

If students employ some of these strategies, it is likely they will feel less stressed, more satisfied with the work they are doing, and more in control of their life.

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