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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Herbal jet-lag remedies take off


courtesy of Ted Ray
Over-the-counter products like FlyRight’s Jet Lag Formula can minimize jet-lag symptoms experienced by travelers.

Jet lag is a profound fatigue experienced by travelers who fly across multiple time zones – the farther you jet, the worse the lag. Sometimes, however, a quick trip to the East Coast can be just as disabling as a long flight to China.

Following is a list of key causes of jet lag, tips for preventing the debilitating condition and remedies for treating it.

Key causes of jet lag

• Time-zone changes. Your body has a natural clock – circadian rhythm. This tightly controlled rhythm is managed by the brain, which uses light exposure to regulate hormone secretion of melatonin (which makes you sleep) and cortisol (which wakes you up). When you travel across multiple time zones, it may take a while for your body to catch up or slow down to the new time zone.

• Environmental factors. From stale, recycled air to airborne pathogens, the airplane environment can be stressful and uncomfortable. Some experts suggest that extremely dry air on board can inhibit the mucous membrane system in the sinuses from fending off pathogens. In addition, exposure to very low levels of radiation may contribute to free-radical damage as well as mental and physical fatigue. Travel can be tense and aggravating, which further stresses the immune system. All in all, not a pretty picture.

• Sleep deprivation. Many travelers sleep poorly before a flight due to anxiety, and others must wake at odd hours to reach the terminal on time. Unless you’re flying business or first class, sleeping on board may be difficult. Sleep deprivation, combined with the above stressors when flying, may make it harder to function at your destination.

Tips for combating jet lag

• Prepare early. All-night packing can make anyone stressed and anxious – and that can easily carry over into your flight. Pack early, double check your itinerary, convert currency and coordinate transportation to and from the airport well in advance of your flight.

• Pamper yourself. Cramped quarters, loud noises, turbulence and low-quality food can take their toll. A small dose of your favorite comforts – soft slippers, a small pillow, your favorite music, noise-canceling headphones and healthful snacks – can give you an edge over jet lag.

• Stay hydrated. Airplanes circulate extremely dry air throughout the cabin, causing the body to lose moisture. Dehydration can also lead to headaches and dizziness. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as alcohol and caffeinated sodas.

• Plan for a time-zone change. A few days prior to your trip, gradually augment your schedule to help your body prepare for the new time zone. Start with 30- to 60-minute increments toward your destination time zone and increase it each day; when you touch down, your body will naturally fall into the rhythm of the time zone. British Airways even has a handy Jet Lag Calculator on its website.

• Get the blood pumping. The longer you sit, the more lethargic you’ll feel – it’s that simple. Take regular breaks by walking up and down the aisles and perform stretching exercises to promote active circulation, which should make you feel looser and more energetic. Going for a run at your destination can also provide some much-needed stimulation to your muscles.

• Expose yourself to light. Light exposure sets your body clock, so you’ll want to expose yourself to daylight as soon as you arrive at your destination. If you wake in the middle of the night, you’ll want to keep the room as dark as possible.

Over-the-counter remedies

Full disclosure: I own a company called FlyRight, which manufactures a jet-lag remedy, Jet Lag Formula, which employs a combination of herbs to offset the key causes of jet lag.

I am a fan of this product, of course, but I want to discuss other products available in the marketplace. Each product claims either to prevent or minimize jet-lag symptoms. Sample these products to determine which works best for you.

• No-Jet-Lag is a homeopathic remedy from New Zealand. On the market for more than 20 years, it uses a combination of homeopathic ingredients to minimize symptoms.

• Jet Zone, created by the former distributor of No-Jet-Lag, contains essentially identical ingredients.

There are also a number of apps, light-therapy devices and jet-lag calculators on the market. In the end, you’ll have to develop a strategy that works for you.

Ted Ray is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in Mountain View. For more information, call 564-9002 or visit www.peninsulaacupuncture.com.

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