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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Rise of the robots: Hospital’s automated technology featured on ’60 Minutes’


Photo By: screenshot courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Photo Screenshot Courtesy Of El Camino Hospital

A CBS production crew filmed El Camino Hospital surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System for a 󈬬 Minutes” segment on robotics in the workplace.

El Camino Hospital was on the receiving end of some national airtime recently.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” Jan. 13 featured the Mountain View hospital’s use of robots as part of a larger report exploring the emerging use of robotic technology in the workplace and its effects on job growth.

The report – “March of the Machines” – specifically emphasized the hospital’s TUG Automated Robotic Delivery System. According to Chris Ernst, vice president of marketing and corporate communications, the hospital uses TUG robots to assist nurses in the scheduled delivery of medications and to transport linens, supplies and meals, while also removing trash and dining trays.

While the segment focused on the field of robotics’ potential impact on job creation, El Camino Hospital Chief Information Officer Greg Walton told “60 Minutes” reporter Steve Kroft that the hospital’s use of robots is meant to supplement the work of nurses and hospital staff, not replace them.

The segment also featured the hospital’s use of the VGo robot, which serves as a two-way video communication system that allows doctors and nurses to check in on patients from a remote location.

The hospital’s da Vinci Surgical System also made a cameo appearance on the nationally aired show, which came on the heels of a December announcement by the hospital that it performed its 500th robotic surgery in 2012. The surgical system, according to hospital officials, allows surgeons to perform uterine, prostate, lung and kidney procedures in a minimally invasive manner.

Ernst told the Town Crier that the “60 Minutes” crew spent an entire day in late August filming at the hospital. Since the program aired, Ernst said the hospital has received numerous inquiries about its use of various robots in services and surgical procedures.

“We’ve been getting calls from around the U.S., with people saying, ‘I can’t believe I saw you on ‘60 Minutes,’’” she said. “It’s awesome. I’m really pleased.”

To view the “60 Minutes” segment, visit www.cbsnews.com/60-minutes.

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