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Food & Wine

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


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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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Innovation and invention award goes to LAH woman

Los Altos Hills resident Dr. Anita Borg, founder and president of the Institute for Women and Technology (IWT) and member of the President's Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology, recently received the Melitta Bentz Woman of Innovation and Invention Award. The Melitta award honors one outstanding woman annually for her leadership, ambition and courage.

"This award represents the world's long history of inventive women," Borg said. "To begin speeches I always say that the coffee filter and other important products were designed by women. I am proud to be part of that history." Despite women's abilities and accomplishments in technology, she said, there was a greater percentage of women graduating with technical degrees 15 years ago than today.

Noted by Fast Company as "a living legend among computer scientists," Borg is leading the movement to advance women in technological positions. The Xerox Palo Alto researcher is known for pioneering fault-tolerant operating systems, for developing tools to predict the performance of microprocessor memory systems and for designing MECCA, a web-based e-mail system used by thousands. Borg gained national media attention for founding the "systers" electronic community for women in computing and the prestigious Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing technical conference.

Melitta, in the spirit of its German founder Melitta Bentz, who invented and patented the filter drip system of coffee making in 1908, created the Award in 1989. The winner receives a replica of the original brass coffee pot Melitta invented, a $5,000 check and $1,000 for a charity of her choice. Borg designated IWT.

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