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West Nile fogging commences today

West Nile fogging commences today


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Save your child's skin from the sun

It’s summertime, and your child is likely playing outdoors for at least a portion of each day. How can you encourage your child to enjoy outdoor activities while protecting his or her skin from harmful ultraviolet rays?

The best way to protect your child’s skin is to limit direct sun exposure. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing offer the ideal protection outdoors. If possible, have your child play in the shade during the sun’s peak hours, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Effective coverage

If your child’s skin is directly exposed to the sun, the next best defense is sunscreen. For the most effective sunscreen coverage, follow these tips.

• Don’t skimp – slather it on. Apply sunscreen liberally to cover all exposed skin, including your child’s ears, neck, hands and feet. Remember, more is better when it comes to sunscreen.

• Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors. It can take 30 minutes for sunscreen to start working.

• Don’t save the sunscreen for sunny days. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Check the national UV Index at epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html to find the specific UV risk for your area on any given day.

• Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after a dip in the pool, even if you’re using a water-resistant product.

• Keep babies under 6 months of age completely out of direct sunlight. When going outside, dress your little one in lightweight clothing and a hat with a brim.

Choosing a sunscreen

There are countless rows of sunscreens at the drugstore. How can you possibly pick the right one? Look for the following labels and ingredients.

• Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This means it will protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

• SPF 30 is best for children who are active outdoors for long periods of time. The higher sun-protection factor blocks out 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. Sunscreens with even higher SPFs don’t offer much additional protection.

• Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are good for young children and those with sensitive skin. Sunscreens with these ingredients physically block the sun’s UVA rays from penetrating the skin. They are best for infants, toddlers and anyone with eczema. They are also effective and safe for older children and adults.

Outdoor fun is part of what summer is all about. But it’s important to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays.

Dr. Manisha Panchal is a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Santa Clara Center.

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

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