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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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