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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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Take fun approach to teaching children about nutrition


Courtesy of Brandpoint
Cooking with children allows them to contribute to meal preparation and learn about what they are eating.

As children head back to school, life for families becomes more hectic. But just because days are busy, don’t allow nutrition to fall by the wayside. Teaching children nutritious eating habits now can mean a lifetime of health – in addition to the social benefits of eating, laughing and spending time together.

“The more parents can do to involve children in the process, the decisions on what they are eating and where their food comes from, the better off they will be at helping them learn reverence and appreciation for food,” said Anni Daulter, professional cook, nutrition expert and author of several books, including “The Organic Family Cookbook” (Sellers Publishing, 2011).

Following are some simple tips from Daulter to get children excited about nutrition and urge them to make good food choices.

Make mealtime special

Create a routine. Consider starting dinner at the same time each night. Designate different nights for different types of meals, such as vegetarian Mondays or make-your-own pizza Saturdays. Encourage children to help with meal preparation and cleanup, if age appropriate. Light a candle during dinner, and allocate plenty of time for conversation – it’s one of the best ways to bond with loved ones.

“In our fast-paced lives, we have somehow lost the concept that eating is not just about the actual food,” Daulter said. “It’s about the connection, the time spent enjoying every bite, laughing, talking and sharing. Our families need this time together.”

Adopt a healthful morning routine

While many families feel the crunch on weekday mornings, it’s important to make time for breakfast so that children get the nutrition they need before heading to school. Healthful breakfasts incorporate whole grains, protein, fresh fruit and supplements that support brain and body health.

“Supplements can be an easy way for mom and dad to ensure that their children get the important nutrients they need, especially during busy mornings,” Daulter noted.

She recommends giving children a boost of brain-building nutrition with an omega-3 supplement.

“This essential nutrient is brain food, proven to support brain growth and health,” Daulter added. “Additionally, omega-3s support a healthy immune and nervous system.”

Make tasty school lunches

When children are fed better, they learn better, according to Daulter.

“Their bodies react to being fed good, pure foods that give them the fuel they need to get through each and every school day,” she said.

Save time by making lunches the night before, or organize a big Sunday cut-and-chop day for raw ingredients throughout the week.

Daulter said she puts items like black-bean soup, Caesar salad, homemade wheat parmesan chips and Asian pears and clementines in her children’s lunches.

Have nutritious snacks on hand

Daulter said she keeps several small children’s tables throughout the house so that her kids can nibble on snacks while they play. She offers snacks like nuts, homemade fruit roll-ups, pumpkin seeds, veggie popcorn, fresh fruits, carrot sticks and cheese.

“Kids’ bodies tend to be more in tune with their internal signals, and they inherently seem to know that they need more little meals throughout the day rather than three big meals,” she said. “Eating smaller portions frequently throughout the day provides more energy when we need it and is easier for our bodies to digest.”

Teach better eating habits

Most children enjoy being involved in the meal preparation process. When you go to the grocery store or farmers’ market, allow children to help select veggies and fruits. If you grow your own, let them pick the produce and help wash, peel and prep it for meals.

“My kids and their friends love to cook and help us prepare meals, and the more we include them in the process, the more invested they become in their own health,” Daulter said. “Even the youngest child can help mix in flour for fresh bread or learn to whip her own honey butter.”

Daulter said including children in meal preparation gives them not only practical and valuable life skills, but also “loving memories of family cooking days that were spent laughing, creating and, of course, eating.”

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