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News

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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Comment

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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Transition from child to teen is hard on parents

Parents have a penchant for saying four words to their sons and daughters when they walk in the door after school - "How was your day?"

If the son or daughter happens to be a teenager, he or she usually dodges the question with a mumbled "whatever"-type response that often leaves parents feeling bad about their relationship with their children.

Dr. Michael Riera, who spoke at the Circle of Support Breakfast May 10, said understanding the dynamic of how teenagers think, act and feel can provide parents with some control over the interactions they have with their children.

"Children operate on a different clock from us - this leads to rough interactions at home," Riera said.

Riera, author of "Staying Connected to Your Teenager" (Perseus, 2003), said that when teenagers come home from school, they are just beginning to process their day. When they retreat to their rooms, they seek their own form of adolescent meditation through music. Only after 10 minutes in the loud solace of Green Day or Dashboard Confessional can they begin to answer the question, internally, of how their day was.

Riera said parents should encourage their children to take the time to process their day.

"Always ask them how their day was, because they will get upset if you don't ask," he said. "But don't expect a real answer yet. Tell them, 'Why don't you go to your room and relax?'"

When the son or daughter comes down to dinner, he or she will have had proper time to process the day and will be more at ease than when he or she walked through the door. Riera said there is a good chance then that the teen will begin telling the parent about his or her day.

Parents must understand that when their children become teenagers, parents transition from "manager" of their children's lives to "consultant" of their lives, he said.

"Being consultant is not about being friends with them," Riera said. "For our kids, we need to be able to read between the lines."

Riera said parents need to learn how to minimize their child's self-consciousness, recognize their new level of thinking, help them build their integrity and praise them on their road to entitlement.

He said that consequences for bad behavior should involve children doing something to make the situation right. For example, if the parent has been up until midnight waiting for their son who broke curfew, the son should have to wash the car the next morning while the parents sleep in. Riera said this type of atonement is more effective punishment for the teens than taking something away.

The fourth annual Circle of Support Breakfast benefited Family and Children Services, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build strong, safe and self-sufficient individuals, families and communities. The organization serves Santa Clara and San Mateo counties by providing mental health and psychiatric care, life-skills preparation, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, family counseling and financial literacy and family loan services to those in need.

In Los Altos, Family and Children Services provides counseling services at Los Altos High School and Montclaire Elementary School.

Los Altos residents Garner Kelly, Alice Nuzzo and Elizabeth Stewart were on the Circle of Support committee, which participated in planning the breakfast. Two tables at the breakfast, held at the Crowne Plaza CabaÃÆ'±a in Palo Alto, were filled with donors and supporters from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

For more information on Family and Children Services, visit www.fcservices.org. For more information on Riera, visit www.mikeriera.com.

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