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MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation

MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation


In light of an ongoing federal investigation of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District for Title IX violations, district officials are emphasizing communication with parents regarding off-campus incidents.

Last June, a former distr...

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Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group


Courtesy of Sandesh Mouli
Los Altos children, clockwise from left, Zara Shah, Kayden Shah, Logan Mouli and Shreya Mouli trick-or-treat together. The children and their parents are members of Cradle to Covington, a social network for parents whose y...

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Director: ECH mental health services expanding

Director: ECH mental health services expanding


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The subject of mental health is being taken more seriously these days.

“More and more people are coming out of their shells and talking about their mental health,” said Michael Fitzgerald, director of El Camino Hospital’s Beh...

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Where’s coverage of Women’s March?

I am writing regarding the Town Crier’s Feb. 1 article, “LAH resident attends Trump inauguration.”

I find it disappointing in a community where I expect many more people marched as pa...

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YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages

YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Students in the El Camino YMCA EnhanceFitness class undergo their exercise regimen.

In the El Camino YMCA’s EnhanceFitness classes, students ages 60 and up get their exercise whether they use a wheelchair or not. On...

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Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/town crier
Charlotte Nix, manager of Revelation in Fit, introduces the bra library.

At Revelation in Fit, the new lingerie store that opened last week at 386 State St. in Los Altos, the bras in the showroom – seasona...

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News

MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation

MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation

In light of an ongoing federal investigation of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District for Title IX violations, district officials are emphasizing communication with parents regarding off-campus incidents.

Last June, a former district student initiated a Title IX investigation wit...

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Business

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/town crier
Charlotte Nix, manager of Revelation in Fit, introduces the bra library.

At Revelation in Fit, the new lingerie store that opened last week at 386 State St. in Los Altos, the bras in the showroom – seasonal and, in some cases, rather fashion forward ̵...

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Sports

Pinewood falters in 4th quarter

Pinewood falters in 4th quarter

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pinewood School’s Jaeden Bailey drives to the basket, defended by Woodside Priory’s Matt Boyle, a Los Altos resident.

Once the momentum swayed Woodside Priory’s way, it seemed there was nothing the Pinewood School boys basketball team could do to stop i...

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Community

Director: ECH mental health services expanding

Director: ECH mental health services expanding

Fitzgerald
 

The subject of mental health is being taken more seriously these days.

“More and more people are coming out of their shells and talking about their mental health,” said Michael Fitzgerald, director of El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services.

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Where’s coverage of Women’s March?

I am writing regarding the Town Crier’s Feb. 1 article, “LAH resident attends Trump inauguration.”

I find it disappointing in a community where I expect many more people marched as part of the Women’s March the following day th...

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Spiritual Life

Longtime Foothills Congregational Church pastor retires

Longtime Foothills Congregational Church pastor retires

Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos bid farewell last month to the Rev. Matt Broadbent, who retired after 17 years of service.

Broadbent and his wife, Barbara, are retiring to a condominium in Aptos. Barbara has served as spiritual director for the Northern California Nevada Conference U...

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Schools

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group

Courtesy of Sandesh Mouli
Los Altos children, clockwise from left, Zara Shah, Kayden Shah, Logan Mouli and Shreya Mouli trick-or-treat together. The children and their parents are members of Cradle to Covington, a social network for parents whose young children will eventually attend Covington Sch...

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YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages

YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Students in the El Camino YMCA EnhanceFitness class undergo their exercise regimen.

In the El Camino YMCA’s EnhanceFitness classes, students ages 60 and up get their exercise whether they use a wheelchair or not. On one recent Tuesday, a handful of students braved ...

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Sports on the Side

Showtime to premiere ‘Disgraced’ sports doc

Showtime next month is scheduled to premiere a documentary on the 2003 murder of Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy, a St. Francis High graduate. “Disgraced” tells the story of Dennehy being killed by Baylor teamm...

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Art for superfans: Classical skills find new subjects in the modern art class

Art for superfans: Classical skills find new subjects in the modern art class

From Hermione Granger to "Avatar: The Last Airbender," unconventional subjects are making classical portraits for today’s young painters.

Fan art - drawings inspired by popular characters from books, movies and graphic novels - have long languished in the margins of school notebooks. But student...

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Going green, one step at a time


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Biking to school is one of many ways local students can reduce their carbon footprint.

My favorite bookmark reads: “A journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step.” I find this saying very helpful and use it often in my daily life.

When I want to get fit, for example, I may start by going to the gym every Monday morning for an hour. Then I extend that commitment to Wednesday mornings, and finally, I go three times per week. By taking small steps and feeling the success of that effort, a daunting task becomes easy and rewarding.

The same can be said for becoming environmentally aware. Changing behavior to become more energy efficient, water conscious, plastic free or carbon neutral may seem daunting at first. However, taking a small step and building on it may enable you to save money and help the Earth.

Take energy efficiency. Your monthly electric bill is a useful tool for monitoring the effects of small changes in behavior.

Many items use power when plugged in but not in use. These phantom or vampire loads have increased dramatically due to the rise in consumer electronics. According to Steve Schmidt of High Energy Audits, our community uses nearly a quarter of its residential electricity serving these vampire loads. Making a commitment to unplug these devices before going to bed is a small step. Try it for a month and see the result in next month’s energy bill.

You can do the same with household temperatures. Move the thermostat up 1 degree in the summer months or down 1 degree during the winter months. See the impact on the electric bill and notice if other household members can tell the difference.

For the next step, sign up for GreenTown’s free online energy tool to identify where you use the most power and how you can reduce it. Small steps can have a big impact. Folks in Los Altos Hills who used this tool reduced their energy bills by more than $700 annually. You may be amazed at how much energy you conserve.

Similarly for water use, review your water bill to see what happens after adjusting your water timers two minutes less for each cycle. Watch the results on your water bill and in your yard. Can the plants tell when they are watered two minutes less?

The Santa Clara Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program’s Watershed Watch recommends that people “adjust watering levels to match the season: In summer, generally water once every three days. In autumn, cut your watering time by half. And in winter and spring, completely stop watering once the rains begin.”

But take the next step and schedule a free Water Wise House Call from the Santa Clara Valley Water District to create an irrigation-scheduling plan just for your lawn and garden. This can save you a lot of water and money.

Try for zero waste or become plastic free. Start by reviewing your community’s recycling guide (provided by the franchise waste haulers, Mission Trails in Los Altos and GreenWaste in Los Altos Hills). Recycle everything that can be recycled for one month. Watch the difference in the garbage container. Next move onto compost.

Then try to go plastic free. Begin by bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Buy glass containers instead of plastic ones.

According to Save the Bay, 90 percent of trash in our streams does not biodegrade. The oceans and animals in them are suffering from plastic pollution. Take another small step and get educated at algalita.org.

How about becoming carbon neutral? Start by encouraging your children to bike or walk to school one day a week. Or drop them off a few blocks from school so that they can walk the rest of the way. Perhaps take your bike instead of your car when running errands a mile away. Take the next step by “greening” your errands within two miles. Then take the Drive Less Challenge for two weeks (www.drivelesschallengeLA.org).

Riding a bike may become your main mode of transportation. Given that vehicles are responsible for more than 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, that’s a welcome change.

Two other important steps for reducing carbon emissions include avoiding plane flights (or at least purchasing carbon offsets for the ones you must take) and replacing one meat-based meal per week with a plant-based meal. Taking these additional steps makes the planet just a little cooler.

Small steps can be an easy way to create a new habit that ultimately makes a big difference for the environment. You can soon become a GreenTown Los Altos volunteer and help your neighbors become sustainable. A journey of 1,000 miles does start with a single step – take it today.

Michael McTighe is chairman of the GreenTown Los Altos Leadership Team.

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