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Chocolaty character of stout beers blends spicy, sweet ingredients

Chocolaty character of stout beers blends spicy, sweet ingredients


photo Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
Aged coffee beans join beer in Modern Times’ bourbon barrel stout.

Dark beers like stout highlight flavors reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, resulting in a great canvas for brewers to blend nontraditional in...

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Your Health

El Camino Hospital expands mental health treatment options

El Camino Hospital expands mental health treatment options


Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Shovels in hand, Dr. Peter Fung, from left, El Camino Healthcare District board chairman; Russ Satake, El Camino Hospital Foundation board chairman; donors Donna and John Shoemaker; State Sen. Jerry Hill; and Assemblyman Rich ...

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Your Home

Holidays by design: Los Altos company provides  seasonal decorating service

Holidays by design: Los Altos company provides seasonal decorating service


Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Amy Fischer of Spectrum Interior Design decorated Los Altos resident Katie Beers’ living room for the holidays last week.

Don’t worry if you have no time to shop for unique holiday decor, decorate Christma...

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On The Road

The Yellowstone experience

The Yellowstone experience


Photos by Gary Anderson/special to the Town Crier
The Andersons’ recent bus tour included stops at Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Geyser.

With winter approaching, it’s a good time to start planning next summer’s fa...

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Senior Lifestyles

Making beautiful music together: Foothill Symphonic Winds inspires members of all ages

Making beautiful music together: Foothill Symphonic Winds inspires members of all ages


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Members of the ensemble rehearse at Blach Intermediate School.

Something special happens Wednesday nights at Blach Intermediate School. Seventy or so people ranging in age from 18 to 85, of varied backgroun...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accuratel...

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Beating back-to-school jitters: Tips from Los Altos teachers


Photo by Monique Schoenfeld, Town Crier

New teachers, new classmates, new course work - all ingredients that can make the first days of school overwhelming for students.

With many schools in full swing this week - today is the first day of school for the Los Altos School District - Los Altos teachers offered the following tips to parents to help their children beat the back-to-school jitters:

Start off with a positive attitude. Carol Raymond, fourth-grade teacher at Springer School, described what many students feel the first days of school as "good jitters." She said parents should make sure their children keep a "positive attitude and a smile."

Gloria Hardwick, a sixth-grade teacher at Loyola School said "don't panic" if things don't fall into place the first day. "It takes about a month for a class to gel," she said.

Nisa Leone, fourth-grade teacher at Almond School, said the first weeks of school can be difficult at any age because each grade level presents change and a new environment.

"Parents should plan quiet, calm activities the first few days of school," she said. Leone suggested having a relaxing dinner and getting children to bed early.

"If parents are calm, kids pick up on that and it makes for a smooth transition," said Mary Ellen Lynch, third-grade teacher at Almond School.

Familiarize children with school, new challenges. Jennifer Fink, first-grade teacher at Loyola School, said the start of school can be an especially "anxiety-ridden" occasion for first graders since it's the first time most of them will be attending a full day of classes.

"It's nice if parents can come to the school and familiarize them with the playground and the school to ease some of their anxieties," she said.

Fink said parents should talk about school with their children. "Build school up as something exciting and wonderful," she said.

Fink suggested getting children together outside of school.

Establish a study routine. Hardwick said efficient time management is key.

She said parents should establish a regular study routine for their children, but they "should try not to over-program the child after school with too many scheduled activities." Keep school a priority, she said.

Get organized. Jean Golden, sixth-grade teacher at Oak School said organization is essential.

"Morning can be a scramble," she said. "Make sure everything is in its backpack the night before. They'll be less likely to leave their math on the kitchen table or a book under the bed," she said.

Georgette Oppezzo, sixth-grade teacher at Oak School, said parents should buy school supplies from the teacher's list of required class materials in order to ensure their children have the correct items.

Golden offered a final tip. "Get them to bed early and feed them a good breakfast, and we'll do the rest," she said.

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