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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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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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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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