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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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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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Exercise regimen improves strength, flexibility


Photo By: Courtesy of Kim Gladfelter
Photo Courtesy Of Kim Gladfelter

Pilates employs stretching exercises that strengthen muscles, promote flexibility and improve coordination.

Pilates is a great way to address muscle imbalances that eventually cause pain. Those who practice it can improve their health and state of mind far beyond their exercise sessions once they grasp the basic principles. Over time, Pilates helps develop intense body awareness to control pain and injury.

Pilates boasts a number of benefits that set it apart from other forms of exercise.

• Awareness and concentration. A strong sense of body awareness is at the heart of Pilates. Nothing beats the individual guidance to help engage the weakest muscles and eliminate common compensations that lead to injury. The ability to derive results quickly is an added benefit.

• Balance. Pilates has a unique way of accomplishing gains in strength and flexibility simultaneously. The result is that those who practice it will feel good even while they are exercising.

• Breathing. Once an exercise is grasped, more attention is placed on breathing to deepen the benefit.

• Centering. Focusing on the core is part of every Pilates movement because it protects the spine. Many people are drawn to Pilates because it offers an ideal way to control back pain.

• Control and precision. As Pilates movements become more advanced, the control of the movement adds a fun challenge. The end result is a fluid exercise that looks effortless.

• Efficiency/flow of movement. Pilates emphasizes movement versus holding a position to ensure a carryover into how you move in your daily life to avoid injury.

The types and benefits of Pilates

There are two types of Pilates: mat and apparatus (equipment). Mat work uses the body to challenge the core. Apparatus work provides a more comprehensive body workout with a higher repertoire of exercise possibilities. Apparatus work can assist or challenge a regular exercise regimen. Pilates works best when both are practiced.

Beginning with a private session or small group can provide an opportunity to develop the groundwork for successful results. It requires good individual guidance to ensure that beginners are not compensating with muscles that are already overworking.

Pilates tends to be more challenging over time as those who practice it fine-tune their movements to engage weak muscles more effectively.

With guidance from a physical therapist trained in Pilates principles, Pilates can help rehabilitate an injury, pain and/or dysfunction. It may also prove beneficial in the post-rehabilitative stage of injury to maintain the patient’s achievements.

Those new to a regular fitness routine can learn proper form from Pilates to achieve a more beneficial result.

Diehard fitness fans can benefit by working toward a more challenging, fluid program. Athletes from a variety of sports choose Pilates to cross-train and avoid injuries. Sport-specific exercises on the apparatus can be used for performance enhancement.

No matter what your level of fitness is when you start, Pilates can accomplish desired results with its balanced program.

Kim Gladfelter is a physical therapist and Pilates instructor at PhysioFit Physical Therapy and Wellness in Los Altos. For more information, call 947-8500 or visit www.physiofitpt.com.

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