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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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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

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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Pediatrician offers tips on caring for infants and young children

Parenthood can be one of the most joyful experiences in life, but sometimes caring for and trying to make the right decisions for an infant or young child may seem like an overwhelming task.

Following are some of the most common questions that parents of children under age 5 ask their pediatricians.

Are vaccines safe?

With so much media attention on vaccines, parents are often unsure whether vaccines are good for their child’s health. In the U.S., vaccines are very well studied, safe and strictly regulated by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When children are not vaccinated, the diseases we’re protecting against reappear. For example, in 2011 in California there were more cases of measles than in the whole of the past decade, and we’ve suffered the largest whooping cough epidemic since the 1950s. Vaccinations are the best thing you can do to protect your child against dangerous and life-threatening diseases.

How do I know if my newborn is healthy?

Fortunately, there’s a straightforward and reassuring way to tell if your newborn is healthy: If your baby is gaining weight (approximately an ounce a day or more), this is the best indicator of good health.

How can I make sure my child has a healthful diet?

Parents should decide when meals happen and what the meals consist of, and children should decide if and how much they eat. When parents start trying to control the child’s domain, battles start. Foster good habits by eating healthful foods together as a family.

What’s the best way to discipline my toddler?

There’s no one way to discipline, but the most effective methods are positive reinforcement, consequences, withholding privileges, timeouts, actively ignoring bad behavior and being a good role model.

Remember that there are five things you shouldn’t try to make your child do: speak, sleep, pee, poop and eat.

How can I get my child to sleep through the night?

Your child will become a better sleeper if you give him or her space to figure it out. Infants wake up approximately every three hours during the night, and if they know how to fall asleep by themselves, they’ll be able to get back to sleep each time without waking you for help.

Think of all the things you do to help your child go to sleep, such as singing a song, reading a book, darkening the room and feeding. Then start reducing them one by one, with the easiest one first.

When should I start potty training?

Children start using the toilet when they’re emotionally and physically ready. This can’t be forced. In fact, the more you insist, the less likely it’s going to happen. Rather than ask your child whether he or she needs to go to the bathroom, change the environment and take the pressure off. Instead, go into the bathroom yourself and bring whatever activity he or she is engaged in with you. If your child really needs to go, you’ve provided the setting and opportunity.

I hope these tips help. Remember, though, first and foremost trust your own intuition – that’s the real heart of good parenting. Sometimes this might be as simple as giving your child a hug.

Dr. Kellen Glinder is a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Palo Alto Center.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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