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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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