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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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Spiritual Life

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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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Suggestions to help kids with eczema

Most children’s atopic dermatitis, often called eczema, does not have a clear cause, such as an allergy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, research shows that most eczema will improve with good skin care.

“With eczema, the skin can become very dry, itchy and crack, which lets in germs that can cause skin infections,” said Amanda Friedrichs, M.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice. “With treatment, the protective barrier of the skin can be restored. Good skin care can go a long way in helping the skin heal and prevent infection.”

To reduce the severity of and frequency of eczema flare-ups in children, the American Academy of Dermatology offers the following recommendations.

Bathing tips

• Bathe your child in warm – not hot – water.

• Limit your child’s time in the bath to five or 10 minutes.

• Use cleanser only when needed and make sure the cleanser is mild and fragrance-free. Do not use bubble bath.

• If your child’s eczema is frequently infected, twice-weekly bleach baths may be beneficial. Discuss this option with your child’s dermatologist.

• After bathing, gently pat your child’s skin partially dry.

• If your child has medicine that you apply to the skin, apply it when your child’s skin is almost dry and use the medicine as directed.

• Apply moisturizer on top of the medicine and to the rest of your child’s skin.

Moisturizer tips

• When selecting a moisturizer, consider choosing a thick cream or ointment.

• Some children do better with fragrance-free products, so consider petroleum jelly –an inexpensive, fragrance-free product that works well for many children.

• When selecting a product, trial-and-error sampling of different types may identify the best moisturizer for your child.

Skin-care tips

• For best results, apply moisturizer at least twice a day. This prevents dryness and cracking and can decrease the need for eczema medications.

• If your child has severe itching and scratching, ask a dermatologist about wet wrap therapy, which can reduce swelling and lessen the desire to scratch.

• Keep your child’s fingernails short and smooth. This decreases the likelihood that scratching will puncture the skin. Putting cotton gloves on your child’s hands at night may help prevent scratching during sleep.

• Keep temperature and humidity levels comfortable. Avoid situations in which the air is extremely dry, or where your child may sweat and overheat. This is the most common trigger of the itch/scratch cycle.

Clothes-washing tips

• Using a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin may be beneficial. Scented fabric softener or dryer sheets may contribute to irritation.

• Use only the recommended amount of detergent.

• Use enough water for adequate rinsing.

• Remove tags from clothing, because tags can rub against the skin, causing irritation.

• Wash your child’s new clothes before wearing. This will remove excess dyes and fabric finishers, which can irritate the skin.

To view the academy’s video “Eczema: Tips to Help Your Child Feel Better,” visit www.aad.org/skin-conditions/dermatology-a-to-z/atopic-dermatitis/tips/atopic-dermatitis-tips-for-managing.

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