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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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How to enjoy a holly, jolly - and nutritious - holiday


Photo By: Town Crier File Photos
Photo Town Crier File Photos

Sweets are an almost inevitable feature of the holiday season, but strategies can soften their impact on the waistline. Fill up on soup or a high-fiber snack before hitting a party stocked with cookies.

The season for family, friends and festivities is in full swing. It’s also the season for food – lots of it. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year, which, over time, can add up.

While the tried and true advice of eating (and drinking) in moderation always applies, there are also a number of easy substitutions you can make – whether you are hosting or attending a party this holiday season – that will allow you and your guests to enjoy the merriment without packing on the unnecessary pounds.

• Crunchy and nutritious. Rather than serve the high-calorie butter crackers and cheese (70-100 calories per serving), substitute with either pita and hummus or fresh vegetables. Not only will they cut calories by one-fourth, but the colors will brighten up any holiday table.

• It’s not nuts to substitute. One ounce of nuts can run nearly 175 calories. A great alternative is small pretzel twists – eight of them are only 160 calories, and they contain far less sodium, as well.

• Have your cake and eat it, too. Instead of pecan pie or cheesecake, serve angel food cake (70-100 calories) and top with fresh berries or low-fat sorbet. Search Food.com for a low-calorie pumpkin recipe for that special holiday flavor.

• Eggnog or egg-not? The holidays wouldn’t be the same without this festive beverage. Instead of an entire cup of regular eggnog, which can run 340 calories or more, offer low-fat eggnog (approximately 150 calories) or even sugar-free hot chocolate (60 calories).

• A wine spritzer toast. Add 4 ounces of seltzer water to 4 ounces of wine for a sparkling, delicious and low-calorie (80 calories) alternative to a traditional 8-ounce glass of wine (165 calories).

• Fresh breath, overeating deterrent. After eating, having a mint or gum will reduce the temptation to consume more food.

Watching the waistline

In addition to these substitutions, following are tips and tricks to help you get through any holiday gathering with your waistline intact.

• Eat a high-fiber snack or a bowl of broth before a party so that you don’t arrive hungry.

• Before you dig in, walk around the party, take note of the food options and then make three or four selections.

• Instead of filling a large plate, use a small plate or even a napkin to keep your portions manageable.

• After you’ve selected your three or four items, step away from the buffet and take the opportunity to meet and mingle with other guests or check out the decor.

• Focus on the passed hors d’oeuvres. Passed items are usually fancier and more expensive. These items can offer a more interesting and satisfying meal, which may help you eat less.

Most important this holiday season, be realistic with yourself about your health goals and have a plan. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the time with family and friends and kick off the new year with a healthful start.

Jodi Bjurman, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, is outpatient nutrition expert at El Camino Hospital.

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