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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Tips to protect your knees


Photo By: Mike Ichikawa/ El Camino Hospital
Photo Mike Ichikawa/ El Camino Hospital For the weekend warrior, proper stretching before physical activity can be the difference between enjoying a golf outing or visiting the doctor. More than 20 million patients sustain knee injuries each year.

Approximately 20 million visits are made to physicians’ offices each year for knee injuries. Many of these visits occur when weekend warriors and seasonal athletes resume activities they may have put on hold, such as running, tennis, biking, hiking, soccer, golf and other pastimes.

Before getting back into a sport or hobby that may be tough on your knee joints, answer the following questions.

• When was your last physical exam? Doctors recommend undergoing a thorough physical before starting any new exercise routine. It’s a great opportunity to discuss concerns about the joints. Do you have a knee that tends to act up when you exercise? Have you felt any odd pains when you move your knee in a certain direction? Do you have an old injury you’re concerned about?

• Do you know how to prevent a knee injury? Do you take time to warm up? What stretches do you do before a big game or a run? (One good stretch for the front of the knee is to lie face down, then reach back and gently grab your ankle.) Have you taken time to strengthen the muscles that support your knee – quadriceps and hamstrings? Could you benefit from a knee brace or protective kneepads? Do you have the right footwear?

 

Recognizing injuries

Weekend warriors may be reluctant to act quickly when an injury occurs. Because the knee has many parts – ligaments, tendons, bones, cartilage and muscle – many problems can arise when using your knee joints. When exercising, keep your knees in mind. Ask:

• Is your knee in pain? Is it swollen or stiff? It’s easy for conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, torn cartilage (torn meniscus) or runner’s knee to develop in the knee as a result of intense running or movement during a sport. Or, if you’ve twisted your knee in an odd way, you could have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) – the most commonly injured ligament in the knee.

• Do you need to rest your knee? If you’re feeling any pain or suspect an injury, stop what you’re doing immediately. Playing through the pain may seem heroic, but it could make your injury worse – and could put you on the sidelines for the rest of the summer. So, treat any knee injury seriously and take some time off before resuming the activity.

• Do you need medical attention? Although many knee injuries heal on their own or with the standard “RICE” treatment (rest, ice, compression and elevation), severe pain, swelling or popping of the knee needs evaluation by a physician. You’ll also need treatment if you are unable to put any weight on the injured leg or if your knee feels loose or unstable.

• Does your injury require surgery? Examples of common knee injuries that may require surgery include: damaged cartilage, injury of the plica tissue on the knee, kneecap damage, tendon injuries and, as mentioned earlier, the torn ACL. If your doctor suggests surgery, be sure to ask about new approaches to knee surgery, such as the use of computer navigation and less invasive methods that involve smaller incisions and shorter recoveries.

Keep in mind that medical science changes quickly, and your doctor or your hospital’s joint-program coordinator may be the best resource for up-to-date surgical information.

For more information, visit orthoinfo.aaos.org and orthopedics.about.com/cs/kneeinjuries/a/kneepain.htm.

El Camino Hospital Orthopedic Institutes provided information for this article. For more information, call (800) 216-5556 or visit elcaminohospital.org/ortho.

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