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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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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


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
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 into L...

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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


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
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 ...

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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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Dishing out healthful choices: Abnormal habits can have serious consequences

Unfortunately, healthful-sounding choices at your favorite restaurant can be nutritional booby traps. We all know that a burger and fries will pack on extra calories and fat, so we survey the menu to find something more healthful.

How about a grilled chicken Caesar salad? Think twice. At Chili's Grill & Bar, the grilled chicken Caesar salad contains a whopping 1,000 calories – approximately half the calories most people should eat in one day. Here's another surprise: at McDonald's, the grilled chicken club sandwich actually has more calories than the Big Mac.

Many diners greatly underestimate the number of calories served at restaurants. The New York City Health Department surveyed 7,000 chain-restaurant customers and found they underestimated the amount of calories they consumed by an average of 600 calories per meal. With most restaurant meals averaging 800 calories, making good choices while eating out can be tricky.

Here are some tips to guide you to more healthful restaurant dining.

• Arm yourself with knowledge before you order. Check out the restaurant's Web site for the nutritional breakdown of its menu. Pull up nutrition information using the Web site www.healthydiningfinder.com. Make an informed choice before leaving home.

• Do not arrive feeling too hungry. Have a small snack, like an apple, before going to the restaurant.

• While waiting for your meal, have the breadbasket or chips and salsa removed from your table. It is too tempting to fill up on empty calories before your meal arrives. Eating just 10 tortilla chips before your meal can add 150 calories to your intake.

• Do not be shy about asking exactly how the food is prepared. Marinades and sauces can add fat and calories to an otherwise healthful grilled dish. Order baked, grilled or roasted dishes and ask for the sauces to be served on the side.

• Avoid anything fried. Although most chain restaurants have vowed to phase out hydrogenated oils, their convenience and stability at high heat make them irresistible. A small bag of french fries at McDonald's (the size that comes in children's meals) contains 8 grams of the artery-clogging trans fat. The USDA urges people to limit trans fat to 2 grams per day.

• Request double vegetables. Vegetables average 25 calories a serving, making them a nutritional bargain. Filling up on the veggies (hold the butter) instead of the high-calorie main dish is a great way to save calories.

• Entree portions at most restaurants are enough for two meals. Share an entree with a friend and order an extra salad or save half and take home for another meal. Another idea is to order an appetizer and a salad instead of an entree.

• Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for our stomachs to communicate with our heads to tell us we are full.

• Hold the cheese on hamburgers and sandwiches and save approximately 100 calories. Hold the bacon on sandwiches and save 120 calories.

• Share a dessert with a friend.

• Be cautious of adding liquid calories when dining out. Beverages can add hundreds of hidden calories to your meal. A nondiet soda can add 150-400 calories, and a glass of wine will add another 125 calories.

• De-emphasize the food. Focus on the conversation and being out with friends. Enjoy the break from cooking and cleaning dishes. If you wouldn't gobble down a 20-ounce steak at home, don't stop being smart about nutrition when you walk out the front door.

Kim Verity, M.A., M.S., earned a degree in human nutrition science from Cornell University. She lives in Los Altos and works as nutrition educator for the Palo Alto YMCA. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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