Mon10202014

News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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