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News

Fractured LA council strains to pick up pieces

Following a mudslinging Los Altos City Council meeting last week, councilmembers are mulling ways to maintain civility from all seats in the chamber.

Mayor Jeannie Bruins suggested that the council create a pact among themselves.

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Schools

Tech Challenge competitors design gliders for air-drop relief

Tech Challenge competitors design gliders for air-drop relief


Courtesy of Annie Nijhawan
Blach Intermediate’s “Time Flies” team, right, notched a second-place finish at this year’s Tech Challenge. Pictured, are, from left, front row: Noelle Crawford, Kayla Blalack, Vikki Xu, Olivia Byu...

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Community

Costume Bank sponsors vintage sale, open house

The Costume Bank has scheduled an Open House and Vintage Sale noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on its patio, 169 State St., Los Altos.

According to organizers, shoppers can find dresses, wedding dresses, gloves, hats and purses for special occasions at low p...

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Sports

Eagles peak as playoffs approach

Eagles peak as playoffs approach


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Lizzy Beutter pitches against Saratoga in last week’s regular-season finale. The Eagles won the game 1-0.

The Los Altos High softball team has suffered a long list of injuries – broken bo...

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Comment

Apology from the Town Crier

We are truly sorry that readers have taken offense at Frank Hughes’ May 18 op-ed column, titled "Housewives oif LA." We did not anticipate the rancor it would generate.

Satire is a risky form of humor that can be hurtful if not taken in the pr...

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Special Sections

Los Altos toddler discovers sound through cochlear implants

Los Altos toddler discovers sound through cochlear implants


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Two-year-old Natalie Su and her mother, Charlene, practice speaking and listening at Play! Los Altos.

Two-year-old Natalie Su last week toddled among her peers – exploring, talking and listening to the lively cacoph...

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Business

LA native makes beer, removes gluten

LA native makes beer, removes gluten


Courtesy of Caitlin Landesberg
Los Altos native Caitlin Landesberg, above, started her own brewing company to craft gluten-removed beer.

As a tennis player and then a competitive distance runner, Los Altos Hills native Caitlin Landesberg lived e...

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People

H. RICHARD HOLLOW

H. RICHARD HOLLOW

1930-2016

Humphrey Richard Hollow (Richard) was born in the UK on November 27, 1930. He worked in the oil fields of Iraq after graduating from college as an engineer. That’s where he lost part of his right hand in a blasting accident.

After...

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Stepping Out

Sayonara, 'Seussical'

Sayonara, 'Seussical'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of “Seussical” includes, from left, Lena Wessel (of Mountain View) as Thing 2, Quincy Shaindlin (San Mateo) as Cat in the Hat and Megan Branstad (Los Altos) as Thing 1.

The Penin...

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Spiritual Life

St. Simon Catholic Parish celebrates 60th anniversary

St. Simon Catholic Parish celebrates 60th anniversary


Joe Schram/ Special to the Town Crier
Commemorating St. Simon Catholic Parish’s 60th anniversary are, from left, Father V. Warwick James, Joan Mibach, Monsignor Stephen Perata, Judy Howard, Father Tony Mancuso, Marian Marren and Art and Jean C...

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Healthy fast food


Photo by Monique Schoenfeld, Town Crier

Quick & Healthy Eating

Gigi Acker knows firsthand how difficult it can be to squeeze in time to cook a homemade meal at the end of a workday. The Los Altos mom said she found herself frustrated with what she calls "the whole dinner dilemma," and would go to the store and do a quick pickup for the day. Acker said she knew that she wasn't alone.

The nutritionist is promoting fast food these days - not the kind that comes through a drive-up window in a paper bag - but the kind you make fresh at home in 15 minutes or less.

Acker, a nutrition counselor, cooking instructor and president of NutritionInsights, said she began compiling recipes that required little preparation, cooking time and minimal cleanup, as a way to help busy people, like herself, enjoy eating healthy.

"People think that they have to do frozen food or have someone else do the preparation because they have no time to do it themselves," Acker said. "I tell them 'if you have 15 minutes,' you have the time to cook. All you need is the right tools and knowledge."

Acker said learning how to eat a whole new way takes a lot of knowledge. She said busy people need tips to help guide them every step of the way - from selecting food to cleaning up.

Acker said she uses kitchen gadgets to cut down preparation times as much as possible.

Acker said she gives out specific tips, even recommending what brands of foods to buy.

And she doesn't just give out advice, she uses it. A meal planning sheet hangs on her refrigerator at home, so she can determine what she needs and if what she's buying is balanced. She said planning saves time when you're ready to cook. You won't find yourself dashing to the store for a forgotten ingredient, she said.

"If you can cut prep time down to one minute, you'll be much more likely to use fresh food," she said.

Acker said an apple wedger, for example, can be used to cut a potato in one swoop rather than spending time cutting it in slices with a traditional knife. She said cooking on a sheet of tin foil, for example, will save clean up time at the end of the meal.

Acker said it's ok to eat frozen food if you can add something fresh to the meal, such as a side of fruit salad.

"I show people short cuts to whipping up a meal when they're exhausted," she said. "The kitchen can actually be a place to destress."

Acker said the business sector has become saavy to the idea of healthy eating over the past few years. Acker has spoken about healthy eating at many Fortune 500 companies over the past five years including 3M, American Express and Northwest Airlines.

"Food is part of everyday life. It can disrupt work if you're not energized or you keep thinking about it," she said.

Acker said the key to eating healthy is to eat things that you like. She said many people associate eating healthy with lowfat and bland foods - something that she said is a huge misconception.

"I found the most powerful and healthiest thing you can do is to cook and take charge of your health," Acker said.

She said once you gain knowledge about certain foods, it's easy to make a quick assessment of what kinds of things you want to put into your body.

"The goal is to see how what you choose affects your health," she said.

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