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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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Emotional control equates to higher incomes, expert tells Morning Forum


Photo By: Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn Tomaino/ Special To The Town Crier

Psychology professor Robert Levenson, an expert on human emotions, explains how old age is a time of emotional vibrancy to a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience.

Psychology professor Robert Levenson, Ph.D., an expert on human emotion, discussed “How Our Emotional Lives Mature: Changes and New Strengths” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 7.

Levenson is director of the Institute for Personality and Social Research and the Clinical Science Program at UC Berkeley, which is studying ways emotions change as people age.

Previously, old age was considered a period of flat emotionality, according to Levenson. The current view is that it is a time of emotional vibrancy, refinement and well-being when close relationships become increasingly important.

Levenson studies emotional reactions to situations and how emotions affect lives. He observes the physiological effects of emotion in faces, voices, large muscles and bodily systems (for example, skin and cardiac and sweat glands).

Emotions, he said, are powerful in human beings. When we experience an emotion such as anger, disgust or sympathy. we begin thinking about ways of dealing with the situation that triggered it.

Emotions are necessary for survival, Levenson said. We react to stimuli and situations with emotions, which alert us to respond to the challenges or opportunities. We can regulate the emotions and adjust responses to meet situational demands. In general, the better we control emotional responses, the greater our sense of well-being and the higher our incomes, he added.

We also recognize and respond to the emotions of others. As we age, our ability to know what others are feeling improves.

“In healthy persons, the capacity to generate emotions doesn’t change from a person’s youth throughout their old age,” he said. “The ability to feel sadness increases as we age. While we experience sadness more strongly in old age, depression rates are lowest and a sense of well-being is highest in old age.”

Levenson noted that the capacity to feel sadness is characteristic of people who are satisfied with their lives. In late life, the ability to feel sadness makes people able to care for others and gives them the ability to be taken care of.

“Older people are better at seeing the good sides of situations,” he said. “These abilities contribute to a sense of well-being.”

Levenson stressed that each person ages differently. Late-life diseases (for example, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia) affect the ability to generate emotions.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series held at Los Altos Methodist Church, 655 Magdelena Ave. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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