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LASD, BCS boards finalize 5-year agreement

LASD, BCS boards finalize 5-year agreement

Bullis Charter School board members unanimously approved a five-year agreement with the Los Altos School District just before midnight Monday. The agreement, also unanimously approved by LASD trustees earlier in the evening, outlines facilities uses ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


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Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


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Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


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The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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