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LASD, BCS boards finalize 5-year agreement

LASD, BCS boards finalize 5-year agreement

Bullis Charter School board members unanimously approved a five-year agreement with the Los Altos School District just before midnight Monday. The agreement, also unanimously approved by LASD trustees earlier in the evening, outlines facilities uses ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


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Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


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The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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