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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation launches mobile medical clinic

Busy Bay Area employees can now receive medical care at work.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Employer Health Services in August launched its new Care-A-Van mobile medical clinic. The Care-A-Van provides primary and wellness services, including annual checkups, blood work and vaccinations.

Several Bay Area employers – the majority located in Silicon Valley – have already signed up for the service, according to PAMF. The Care-A-Van team continues to expand its schedule.

“The demand for this service has been overwhelming,” said Ron Sinha, M.D., a PAMF internist and medical director of the Employer Health Services program. “Employees clearly are concerned about their health but often lack the time to establish care with a new primary-care provider or manage their existing health issues.”

Sinha said the Care-A-Van provides employees the opportunity to get an overdue blood test or vaccination at the convenience of their workplace, with results immediately updated in an electronic health record.

The Care-A-Van has two exam rooms and a medical team offering primary care and wellness services. PAMF medical professionals can work with on-site trainers and nutritionists to develop a comprehensive plan to optimize employees’ health.

Primary care services provided by the Care-a-Van include:

• Annual physicals

• Treatment for basic health problems

• Counseling on test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index)

• Lab services

• Vaccinations

If a work location offers on-site screening services that identify a particular health problem (for example, blood pressure, cholesterol or weight), the employee can schedule a visit with a Care-A-Van doctor for help and advice to improve his or her health.

Any immunizations or lab tests a patient receives in the Care-A-Van will also be documented in the patient’s electronic health record. PAMF patients can use My Health Online to manage their health information online, access key components of their medical records, request prescription renewals and appointments, view laboratory test results and communicate with their care team directly via email. PAMF’s free My Health Online service is also available via the My Chart app on both iPhone and Android devices.

For more information, visit pamf.org.

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