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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


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The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community developme...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


ft, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.

Tia Geri can’t wait to bring her new golden retriev...

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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


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Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


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The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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