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Food & Wine

Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Above Photo by Rhonda Mak/Town Crier; Below Photo by Joyce Oudkerk Pool/Special to the Town Crier; Right Photo courtesy of Manresa Bread
Nabeela Aijaz, above left, retail manager at Manresa Bread’s Los Altos location, teams up with baker Avery R...

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Your Health

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town crier
El Camino Hospital’s mental health and addiction services leaders Michael Fitzgerald and Lauren Olaiz, above, review artwork, right, by participants in the After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Educa...

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Your Home

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Mary Randazzo purchases older homes in Mountain View to “flip” after they undergo a makeover. Her transformed houses feature open floor plans and she searches for properties with “good bones.”

Amy Ran...

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On The Road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road


We have always enjoyed our visits to England, but this year we did something different. Rather than visit the standard tourist destinations – London, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and so forth – we decided to explore new areas by car...

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Senior Lifestyles

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Recreation & Community Services Department Director Manny Hernandez praises Los Altos seniors.

 

Manny Hernandez joined the city of Los Altos staff last March as director of the Recreation & Community Services De...

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Wedding To Remember

The Veils of Time

The Veils of Time


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum

For a new spin on the Town Crier’s “Peek into the Past,” the Los Altos History Museum has been gathering historical local wedding photos and the stories behind them.

Frances Elizabeth Shoup, second...

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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 accurately whether ...

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Latest tech gadgets now part of standard school supplies

From notebook computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to PlayStation 2 and DVD players, college students are heading to campus with the latest tech gadgets.

From Speak 'n Spell to graphing calculators and notebook computers, today's college students have grown up with technology at their fingertips.

A recent Best Buy survey shows college-aged young adults incorporate technology into every part of their lives. Nearly 85 percent will bring notebook computers, wireless phones, PDAs and calculators to the college classroom, while 40 percent will have gaming systems in their living space.

According to the survey, nearly 60 percent of current college students remember first using technology such as computers, calculators and VCRs before sixth grade.

While 81 percent remember using calculators to get their schoolwork done, another 70 percent relied on computers during their pre-college years. Accustomed to using technology in the classroom, nearly 50 percent of college students will bring notebook computers with them to lecture halls. But, as every college student knows, there's more to life than the classroom.

College students will equip their home-away-from-home with the latest technology, including televisions (84 percent), VCRs (76 percent), portable CD players (60 percent), digital cameras (42 percent) and DVD players (35 percent). And whether they're surfing the Net, sending an e-mail to mom and dad or writing a term paper, nearly 70 percent of college students report they'll use a desktop computer in their living quarters.

From accessorizing living spaces to complementing a favorite outfit, the hottest technology gadgets are an expression of personal style. Four out of 10 college students say the color of their gizmos is an important part of being fashionable. According to techy trendsetters, this season's most popular colors are black, silver, blue and platinum. Trendy colors are showing up in everything from PDAs and cell phones to stereo equipment and video game controllers.

Not only are today's college students tech-savvy and fashion-conscious, they're also making the grade while earning a paycheck. Nearly three out of four (71 percent) students are employed during the school year, and more than half (60 percent) maintain a GPA of 3.1 or higher. How do they juggle everything from classes to social life? Fifty-five percent will bring cell phones with them to campus this school year, helping them make and break plans on the run while staying connected with friends and family. And more than half (53 percent) report they use laptops and PDAs to help them stay organized.

Tips on using this fall's hottest tech gear from the classroom to the dorm room.

Electronic organizers: Keep track of classes, work, extracurricular activities and social engagements with pocket-sized personal organizers. The latest organizers feature springboard expansion slots and come in cool colors such as ice, graphite, blue, orange and green.

Notebook computers: Whether helping with writing papers or watching a good flick, lightweight notebook computers can handle the job with massive storage capacity and power. For the movie lover, these computers come with DVD-ROM drives, 14-inch screens and stereo speakers to provide high-quality entertainment anywhere.

Pay homage to classic VHS movie collections and fast forward to the next generation of DVDs with dual system DVD/VCR combos. They offer the best of both worlds and even serve as CD players, becoming the ultimate space-saving component in home entertainment.

Compact refrigerator: Stash goodies and keep chilled beverages on hand for those late-night cram sessions. These appliances have increased storage capacity with slide-out, full-width shelves, door shelves and reversible hinges, allowing them to fit almost anywhere.

Courtesy of ARA Content, www.ARAcontent.com.

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