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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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