Tue01272015

Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Fundraiser underscores risks, offers screenings for oral cancer

Eva Grayzel’s dentist dismissed it. So did two oral surgeons she subsequently visited. It wasn’t until she saw a specialist nine months later that the growth in her mouth was diagnosed as stage four oral cancer. At age 33, she was given a 15 percent chance of survival.

Against the odds, Grayzel survived and has become a champion for early detection. She founded a six-step screening for oral cancer, a screening offered to visitors at the second Oral Cancer Walk for Awareness, scheduled 9 a.m. to noon April 13 at the Foothill College athletic track, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event, sponsored by Foothill’s dental hygiene department, is a fundraiser for the Oral Cancer Foundation. Its inaugural event last year raised $5,500.

According to dental hygiene student and event organizer Michelle Vu, participants, either as individuals or in teams, will walk the track to raise money for the cause. In addition to the screenings, visitors can enjoy massages, live entertainment and refreshments.

Vu noted that oral cancer usually develops on the side of the tongue. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year.

Early-stage oral cancer is often painless and goes undetected. Symptoms include a change in oral tissue, persistent mouth sores, difficulty swallowing, a chronic sore throat, a non-tender lump in the neck and earaches.

Online registration and fundraising are now open for the event. Preregistration is $25. On-site registration is $30 for adults, $10 for children 6-10. To register, visit donate.oralcancer.org/event/foothill 2013.

For more information, call 949-7335.

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