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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Authors help demystify eating disorders

While Americans get heavier every year, it seems the ideal body becomes thinner and thinner. At some point, most of us have felt a degree of concern about our weight and many have tried innumerable diets to lose that weight.

Some have extreme concern and develop an obsessive relationship with food. Whether eating too much or too little, these abnormal eating habits can become serious eating disorders that threaten not only health and well-being, but also life itself.

The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia. People with anorexia have distorted body images that cause them to restrict calorie intake severely to lose weight. Bulimia is a disorder characterized by excessive eating, followed by purging with laxatives, enemas, diuretics or vomiting or exercising excessively. Although eating disorders typically affect 13- to 35-year-old women, older women, men and boys can also be affected.

Eating disorders often begin with a person eating more or less food than usual. For unknown reasons, this behavior eventually spirals out of control. It is important to remember that eating disorders are treatable mental illnesses with complex biological and psychological causes. Left untreated, eating disorders can lead to a number of serious health issues, including kidney and heart disease, and even death.

"The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments and Prevention of Eating Disorders" (McGraw Hill, 2007) is an excellent resource for coping with an eating disorder and those trying to help someone with an eating disorder.

Author Carolyn Costin is a therapist and a recovered anorexic. Her personal and professional experience is a bonus, combining true empathy for the sufferer with her clinical expertise. She helps readers recognize the signs of eating disorders, learn where to find help when an eating disorder is suspected and be able to make intelligent treatment choices. In the newest edition, Costin addresses the latest medical treatments, including antipsychotics and antidepressants, new approaches to psychological treatment, such as dialectical behavior therapy and family-based therapy, and current research, especially research attempting to determine cause.

Another book by Costin, "100 Questions & Answers About Eating Disorders" (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007), tackles the same issues in a question-and-answer format. This book, like all the 90 titles in the popular "100 Questions & Answers" series, is a quick and simple reference, a great place for people to start learning about eating disorders.

For parents of those with anorexia nervosa, "Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa: An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing" (Oxford University Press, 2008) is a useful guide.

Author Alexander R. Lucas is an adolescent and child psychiatrist with 40 years' experience treating anorexia nervosa. He emphasizes that anorexia is not a "one-size-fits-all disease." There are many paths that can cause a person to become anorexic and many treatment modalities are possible. In this book, parents are alerted to signs of trouble and told what to expect in an initial evaluation. Lucas addresses other disorders that mimic anorexia and includes a chapter on bulimia and binge eating. The book is written for parents, but a "message to patients" is included that encourages them to read the book and consider the importance of treating their problem.

Nancy Dickenson is a librarian at the Stanford Health Library. For more information, visit http://healthlibrary.stanford.edu, call 725-8400 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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