Mon10202014

News

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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Comment

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

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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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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