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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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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

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

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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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Dont send exercise routine into hibernation

Even in sunny California, it can be easy to abandon good exercise habits at this time of year, when days are short and the weather grows colder. As a 16-year Colorado native, I’m well aware how challenging it can be to stay fit during the winter months.

Following are some simple, effective ways to keep yourself and your family active throughout the winter – whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors. Encourage your children to be active with you – this is one of the best ways to help them grow to be healthy adults.

Create a home gym. You don’t need expensive equipment or a lot of space to get a good workout. Most of us can find a small spot to do yoga or an exercise video. Strength-train your major muscles with hand weights, resistance bands or even a heavy soup can.

Dance. Dance around your living room with your family or gather your friends for a night out on the dance floor.

Climb stairs. At home or at the office, take the stairs as often as possible. Climb up and down until you break a sweat.

Jump rope. This intense exercise can be done anywhere and it’s a fun workout for children.

Be a “domestic athlete.” Cleaning closets and washing windows or floors can count as exercise. Encourage your children to participate as well – think how much faster the housework will be done.

Join a gym or take a fitness class at a community center. Many health clubs offer a wide range of activities, from kickboxing to indoor swimming, for both adults and children.

Head outdoors, but do so safely. Dress in warm layers and wear reflective clothing. Start slowly. In colder weather, your body will take longer to warm up.

Turn social activities into physical activities. Get together with friends for an afternoon hike or a game of tennis. Research shows that women who exercise with friends are more likely to lose weight and have healthier lifestyles than those who exercise alone.

Participate in seasonal activities. If traveling to higher elevations or heading to snowy destinations, embrace cold-weather sports such as skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating. Even building a snowman is a good workout.

Join an indoor team league. Consider joining an indoor soccer, volleyball or basketball team and signing your children up for group sports.

The key to cold-weather exercise is to vary activities so you don’t get bored. Set a schedule. Decide which days you will definitely exercise – have backup options for days when weather prohibits some of your choices.

Don’t wait for the last-minute panic of swimsuit season. It’s time to get off the sofa and kick-start your winter workout strategy.

This will help you stay true to your fitness and health goals and will teach your children healthful habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Lisa Samuelson is a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Palo Alto Center.

The PAMF and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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