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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

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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Coping with the challenge of long-distance caregiving

We live in a very mobile society - family members don't always reside in the same town or state. In fact, according to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers, most tending to aging parents who live more than an hour away.

It's only natural that adult children of seniors worry about their aging parents, especially if they are apart during the holidays.

Identifying strategies for long-distance caregiving makes the challenge of caring for aging parents or loved ones more manageable. Following are tips for long-distance caregiving.

• Establish support contacts in your aging parents' community. Make a list of family, friends and neighbors' phone numbers and addresses. Ask if you can check in with them to find out how your loved one is doing. They may also be willing to stop by for regular visits.

• Stay in touch with your parents. Keep in regular contact by phone, letter and e-mail. Record any changes you sense in his or her personality or ability to function day by day.

• Make observations during visits. When you are able to visit your parents, pay attention to changes in grooming, eating or social activities. Look for changes in how they manage money, clean, shop and get around.

• Keep track of important information. Find out where your parents keep important documents such as insurance policies, bank account numbers, investments, living wills and powers of attorney (for legal, financial and health-care purposes). It's also helpful to have a list of physicians your parents are seeing, any hospitals or clinics involved in their medical care and any medications they are taking.

• Look into professional help options. There are several options for aging parents who need additional assistance. Home caregiving agencies provide services such as companionship, meal preparation and light housekeeping to help seniors continue to live independently with the help of a caregiver.

• Identify community resources. Research local area agencies on aging, senior centers, churches, synagogues or other volunteer organizations about available resources for seniors. To locate the area agency on aging, individuals can call Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, at (800) 677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov.

• Involve your parent. Allow your parents to retain as much decision-making ability as possible. Remember that your primary objective is to help your relatives fulfill their needs, not to take over their lives. In some situations, when your loved one is unable to make decisions, you may need to do so on his/her behalf.

• Take time for yourself. Caregiving can take an emotional and physical toll on caregivers, especially when done long-distance. Make sure you are eating right, getting enough rest, exercising regularly and keeping up with your own medical needs.

Gene Lennon is owner of Right at Home, which offers in-home supportive care and personal-care assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Right at Home's national office is based in Omaha, Neb., with franchise offices throughout the United States, including Santa Clara. For more information on Right at Home, visit the company's Web site at www.rightathome.net or the Santa Clara County office at www.santaclara.rightathome.net.

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