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How an illustrator helps surgeons operate PAGE 20

Camp Connections 11

Title Pages 12

Spectrum 18

Arts 24

Eating Out 28

Movies 30

Puzzles 57

NNews How much housing can Palo Alto build?

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NSports Stanford volleyball: No. 1 in nation

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NHome Creating a legacy with stained glass

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invites you to Free Educational Workshops

The 7 BIGGEST MISTAKES TRUSTEES OFTEN MAKE

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Congratulations! You’ve established your own Trust, the first step to securing your financial future. Today, many people have created trusts as a means of ensuring the orderly transition of their estate. A trust can serve as a sophisticated management & investment planning vehicle in a complex world. Most persons named as trustees do not have the required skills and knowledge demanded by today’s courts. Only a few fully understand the obligations and liabilities associated with serving as a trustee. The role of a trustee requires more than simply signing documents. This workshop will provide essential training for trustees & trustors of living trusts.

Who Should Attend?

Persons who have created trusts or are named as trustees of a trust.

What Will You Learn?

✔ Avoid Common Trustee Mistakes ✔ Federal Regulations for Trustees ✔ Trustee Planning Techniques ✔ Why Living Trusts May Fail ✔ 2011 Tax Changes ✔ New ‘Portability’ Tax Break for Living Trusts ✔ IRA’s Double Taxation

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Stanford Park Hotel 100 El Camino Real Wednesday, February 29th 6:00pm - 8:45pm

Stanford Park Hotel 100 El Camino Real Thursday, March 1st 10:00am - 12:45pm

Workshops are filling up fast! To make a reservation please call Mindi at (888) I-GOT-2-PLAN or (888) 446-8275 or rsvp@atsfinancial.com

Sandeep Varma ATS Wealth Strategist and Author of “The 7 Biggest Mistakes Trustees Make”

Capital Gains Tax Preventing You From Selling Your Property? The capital gains tax problem may get worse as the nation pays for: 2 wars, Multiple Stimulus Packages, Troubled Asset Relief Programs, Bailouts... A slowing economy with record layoffs may mean a very slow recovery for real estate prices and greater pressure on rents. Through the use of special trusts that have existed for over 40 years, you may be able to sell appreciated homes, rental property, land, commercial property and stock while potentially avoiding capital gains taxes and recapture taxes. THROUGH THE USE OF VARIOUS TRUSTS, WE CAN SHOW YOU HOW TO POTENTIALLY:

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MENLO PARK (AM) STANFORD PARK HOTEL

100 El Camino Real Wednesday, February 29th 10:00am - 12:00pm

ATS Advanced Trustee Strategies has been educating the public with the “The 7 Biggest Mistakes® Trustees Often Make”, “The Advanced Trustee Workshop”, and Capital Gains Tax Seminars for over 17 years. We are committed to educating our clients on strategies to help them not only build their wealth but help to protect it from taxes and preserve it for their heirs. There is no guarantee that the strategies discussed during this presentation will yield positive results. Sandeep Varma is a registered representative with & securities are offered through LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC CA Insurance License #0790710 (02-2012)

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There are no books on how to build a flamethrower. —Neal Ormond, Midtown artist and designer, who creates everything from lamps to armored vehicles. See story on page 7.

Around Town CRYSTAL BALL? ... Predicting the future can be a fool’s errand, but it’s never too early to plan for it, particularly when the future involves dramatic demographical shifts. With that in mind, Palo Alto’s Planning and Transportation Commission this week engaged in a wide-ranging discussion with the community to consider the trends and projections that the city will be grappling with in the decades to come. The Wednesday symposium, entitled “Future Palo Alto,” included discussions of the city’s land-use and transportation policies and its infrastructural needs. But there was one common theme that tied these subjects together: growth. Projections show the city’s senior and school-age populations increasing and the average household size growing from 2.43 to 2.53 people over the next decade, said Commissioner Samir Tuma. Even if regional housing projections prove wildly exaggerated, growth is inevitable, he said. The city will need to build new housing and the school district will have to consider building a third high school and a fourth middle school. “The school system is the victim of its own success,” Tuma said. “We’re at a time when a lot of other school systems aren’t doing as well as we are, and it’s a magnet.” Commissioner Arthur Keller noted that land-use policies are particularly critical in Palo Alto given the city’s strong housing market. If the city relies on the market to dictate development, it will likely be saddled with more large multi-family developments. Commissioner Dan Garber pointed to Palo Alto’s parking problems and said the city will have to focus on infrastructure that will help people to move around the city. He lauded the recent massive expansion of the Stanford University Medical Center, a project that included a host of traffic-impact mitigations including pedestrian and bicycle improvements and Caltrain passes for all hospital employees. “Mode share is the future of this community,” Garber said. EYE ON THE BOOKS ... Palo Alto officials aren’t kidding around when they say they’re concerned about cost overruns at the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center — the centerpiece of the city’s $76 million library bond in 2008. After learning last year that contrac-

tors have been issuing a larger than expected number of change orders, the council reluctantly agreed to raise the contingency budget for the project from 10 to 20 percent in September to cover unexpected construction costs. So far, the city has received 13 change orders, raising the project’s cost by $1.6 million. But to prove they mean business when it comes to costs, city officials have hired three separate consultants to help them keep an eye on the project’s budget. So far, the city had spent about $15,000 on a contract with ZFA Structural Engineers, another $15,000 on legal consulting from the firm Jarvis Fay and $30,000 on a contract with Reidinger Consulting, a scheduling contractor, according to a new report from the Public Works Department. The council also plans to meet in closed session on Wednesday to consider whether last year’s unexpected cost increases warrant any legal action by the city. On the bright side, the project is now 67 percent complete, and the city had recently approved a contract for furniture and equipment (including a foosball table at the Community Center) — items that will be purchased thanks to contributions from the Palo Alto Library Foundation. The new buildings are scheduled to open in the fall. A QUESTION OF TRUST ... Trust is a tricky thing to measure, but that doesn’t stop Edelman Consulting from trying. The group hosted a panel discussion Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto to discuss its latest “Trust Barometer” — a survey of trust. The survey found that while Americans are a skeptical bunch when it comes to the media, their trust in “traditional” media sources for information about a company has gone up over the past year. This year, 32 percent said they would trust a traditional media source, compared to 29 percent in 2011. Trust in online sources, including search engines, also went up, going from 22 percent to 26 percent. But the big winner is social media. Though only 14 percent said they would trust social media for information about a company this year, the percentage is well above the 8 percent who said they would trust blogs, social-networking sites and other forms of social media for such information last year. N


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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Feb. 21)

Post office: The council heard a presentation about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to sell the Hamilton Avenue post office and directed staff to appraise the property and evaluate possible uses for it. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Holman, Scharff Housing: The council voted not to designate El Camino Real and downtown as “priority development areas” and directed staff to send letters to the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission expressing the city’s concerns about regional housing mandates, Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Holman, Scharff

Planning and Transportation Commission (Feb. 22)

Future: The commission held a study session to discuss the future of Palo Alto. Action: None Lytton Gateway: The commission approved a proposal to rezone the former Shell station site at 355 Alma St. to enable construction of a five-story mixed-use building. Yes: Garber, Keller, Martinez, Michael, Tuma No: Fineberg, Tanaka


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BIKE THEFTS ... A series of bicycle thefts took place throughout Palo Alto between Feb. 14 and 20, according to police. Approximately eight bikes were snatched, five on Feb. 14 and 15. Palo Alto police are reminding the public to lock up their valuables and keep bikes in locked garages or storage areas. DONKEY DENTIST ... When someone needed a dentist for their pet donkey recently, Barron Park residents knew where to send them. Neighborhood star donkeys Perry and Niner get their teeth worked on by veterinarian Dr. Gary Hanes at Briarwood Equine Clinic in Woodside, donkey handler Bob Frost said. SAME OLD, SAME OLD ... The meat salesmen who were featured in a Nov. 15 story in the Weekly appear to be back — this time in Crescent Park. Several residents have reported the men claim to have sold seafood or meat to a neighbor, but on inquiry the neighbor had not purchased any products. Police suggest calling the department at 650-329-2413 to report unwanted solicitors, who are required to have a permit for doorto-door soliciting. N

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COMMEMORATING GEORGE ... George, the beloved centuries-old Cowper oak, has been cut down after city officials and a consulting arborist determined it was a hazard. The tree had a hollow core large enough to seat a full-grown man inside. But residents and city officials are looking for ways to preserve the tree’s legacy. A working group of residents and staff are studying having pieces of George repurposed into benches and other objects for the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo and other locales. The hollow stump might be added to the popular tree-stump garden that already exists at the museum, according to city Planning Arborist Dave Dockter. A memorial is also planned that would include a preserved cross section of the tree, with 12 rings marked with noteworthy events that occurred during George’s lifetime.

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... Mayor Yiaway Yeh is scheduled to deliver the State of the City address. The event is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at the Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (3921 Fabian Way). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold a study session on enrollment and facilities planning at 9 a.m. and a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The study session will be held in Conference Room A of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). Agenda items at the regular meeting will include a budget update, an update on efforts to boost student connectedness and promote the Developmental Assets, a brief progress report from the Homework Advisory Committee and numerous facilities items. The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be in the board room of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). COUNCIL-APPOINTED OFFICERS COMMITTEE ... The committee is scheduled to discuss the process of evaluating council-appointed officers and approve a contract with Sherry Lund for evaluation services. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the city’s long-term financial forecast and the retiree medical actuarial report. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss a proposed renovation of Cogswell Plaza and the Community Services and Facilities Element in the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council is scheduled to hold a closed session to discuss the construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss revisions to the city’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan and review the proposed “planned community� zoning for Edgewood Plaza, a proposal to renovate three existing structures and build 10 singlefamily homes at 2080 Channing Ave. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the draft Rail Corridor Study. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 3431 Hillview Ave., a proposal by VMWare to demolish 255,000 square feet of commercial floor space and construction of four two-story commercial buildings, a cafeteria and three parking structures at Stanford Research Park; and 180 El Camino Real, a proposal by Simon Property for five retail buildings. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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n n o e C c p t i o m n a C Summer 2012

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Athletics Kim Grant Tennis Academy & Palo Alto/ Summer Camps Menlo Park/Redwood City Fun and Specialized junior camps for Mini (3-5), Beginner, Intermediate 1&2, Advanced and Elite Players. Weekly programs designed by Kim Grant to improve players technique, fitness, agility, mental toughness and all around tennis game. Camps in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. Come make new friends and have tons of FUN!! www.KimGrantTennis.com 650-752-8061

Nike Tennis Camps

Stanford University

Dick Gould’s 43rd Annual Stanford Tennis School offers day camps for both juniors & adults. Weekly junior overnight & extended day camps run by John Whitlinger & Lele Forood. Junior Day Camp run by Brandon Coupe & Frankie Brennan. www.USSportsCamps.com/tennis 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226)

Oshman JCC

Palo Alto

Exciting programs for preschool and grades K-12 include swimming, field trips, crafts and more. Enroll your child in traditional camp, or specialty camps like Pirates, Archery, Runway Project, Kid TV and over 25 others! www.paloaltojcc.org/camps 650-223-8622

Spring Down Equestrian Center Portola Valley Spring Down camp teaches basic to advanced horsemanship skills. Ages 6-99 welcome! Daily informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on skill practice, safety around horses, tacking/untacking of own camp horse, and arts/crafts. www.springdown.com 650.851.1114

Stanford Water Polo Camps

Stanford

Ages 7 and up. New to the sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or full day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, position work, scrimmages and games. stanfordwaterpolocamps.com 650-725-9016

Summer at Saint Francis

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Synapse School & Wizbots

Peninsula

Say hello to summer fun at the YMCA! Choose from enriching day or overnight camps in 35 locations: arts, sports, science, travel, and more. For youth K-10th grade. Includes weekly fieldtrips, swimming and outdoor adventures. Accredited by the American Camp Association.Financial assistance available. www.ymcasv.org/summercamp 408-351-6400

Academics San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics - focusing on math, language arts and science - and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for-credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs also offered. www.summer.harker.org 408-553-0537

iD Tech Camps - Summer Tech Fun!

Stanford

Take hobbies further! Ages 7-17 create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Stanford and 60+ universities in 27 states.. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academhy, and iD visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography). www.internalDrive.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

Menlo Park

Cutting-edge, imaginative, accelerated, integrated, and handson academic summer enrichment courses with independent in-depth, project-based morning and afternoon week-long programs for children ages 4-12. Young Explorers, Thinking Math, Leonardo da Vinci’s Inventions, Nature Connections, Girls’ & Soccer Robotics, and more! synapseschool.org/curriculum/summer 650-866-5824

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Media Production. Call or visit our website for details. Also Pleasanton. www.headsup.org 650-424-1267, 925-485-5750

Arts, Culture and Other Camps

India Community Center Summer Camps

YMCA of Silicon Valley

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 x446

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Menlo Park

Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Class Monday-Thursday and limited to 15 students. Every Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes will have weekly field trips. www.mid-pen.com 650-321-1991 x110

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Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessons available. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 x650 Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camps designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skill and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 x650

Stanford

Learn different aspects of video game creation, app development, filmmaking, photography, and more. 2-week programs where ages 13-18 interact with industry professionals to gain competitive edge. iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy are held at Stanford, and other universities. www.iDTeenAcademies.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, American Idol Workshop, more! Two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. www.arts4all.org 650-917-6800 ext. 0

Palo Alto/ Sunnyvale/ Milpitas/Olema

Join ICC’s Cultural Camps which give campers a quick tour of India and its vibrant culture. These camps include arts, crafts, folk dance, bollywood dance, music, yoga, Indian history and geography. Over 10 different camps all through the summer for Grades K-12. To register or for more details visit: www.indiacc.org/camps 408-934-1130 ext. 225

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades kindergarten to 6th, a wide array of fun opportunities! K-1 Fun for the youngest campers, Nothing But Fun for themed-based weekly sessions, Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Registration is online. Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! www.paccc.com 650-493-2361

TechKnowHow Computer Palo Alto/ & LEGO Camps Menlo Park/Sunnyvale Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-14 Courses include LEGO and K’NEX Projects with Motors, Electronics, NXT Robotics, 3D Modeling, and Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. Early-bird and multi-session discounts available. www.techknowhowkids.com 650-638-0500

Theatreworks Summer Camps

Palo Alto

In these skill-building workshops for grades K-5, students engage in language-based activities, movement, music, and improfisational theatre games. Students present their own original pieces at the end of each two-week camp. www.theatreworks.org/educationcommunity 650-463-7146

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Book Talk

BOOK DISCUSSION ... In conjunction with the Walker Evans photography exhibition, Gavin Jones, chair of Stanford’s English department, will lead a discussion on “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” a collaboration between James Agee and Walker Evans that documents Depression-era tenant farming in rural Alabama at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Cantor Arts Center, Museum Way at Lomita Drive, Stanford University. The book is available at the Cantor Arts Center bookshop. Information: 650-7234177 or http://events.stanford.edu/ events/299/29955. AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming book readings at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Marcus Cootsona (with introduction by Stanford Tennis Coach Dick Gould), “Occam’s Racquet: 12 Steps to Smarter Tennis” (Feb. 28, 7 p.m.); Irvin D. Yalom, “The Spinoza Problem: A Novel (March 6, 7 p.m.); Jack Kornfield, “Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are” (March 7, 7 p.m.); George Dyson, “Touring’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe” (March 7, 7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, www.computerhistory.org/events); Spencer West, “Standing Tall: My Journey” (March 9, 7 p.m.); Alexander Gordon Smith, “Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4” (March 12, 7 p.m.); Dr. Eric Topol, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” (March 13, 7 p.m.); Cara Black, “Murder at the Lanterne Rouge” (March 14, 7 p.m.); and Elaine Pagels, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation” (March 17, 7 p.m.). Kepler’s members are admitted free; general admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Information: www.keplers.com. KEYNOTE SPEAKER ... Abraham Verghese, author of “Cutting for Stone,” “My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story” and “The Tennis Partner,” will be the featured speaker at Breast Cancer Connections 4th annual Spring Benefit on Tuesday, March 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets to the event, which will be held at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Ballroom, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, are $100. Information: http://bcconnections.org/ events/fundraisers/ or www.keplers. com.

AUTHOR EVENT ... Dr. Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, will talk about his memoir, (continued on next page)

A monthly section on local books and authors

Don’t touch that cookie! Book offers advice on how to rev up one’s willpower by Kathy Cordova “The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It,” by Kelly McGonigal, The Penguin Group, 275 pp., $26

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t’s that time of the year when most of us who were optimistic or foolish enough to make New Year’s resolutions have inevitably given up our low-carb diets, triathlon training and the hope that we will ever be able to fit our car into the garage. Why is it that aspirations that seem so promising on Jan. 1 are often abandoned by midFebruary? T he a nswer, most people would agree, is willpower. Most of us would also agree that we don’t have as much willpower as we would like. In fact, Americans cite lack of willpower as the biggest reason they struggle to reach their goals, according to the American Psychological Association. Imagine how our lives could change if there were simple, proven ways to train our brains to order the salad instead of a burger or get off the couch and go for a run? That is the promise of the new book, “The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.” In it, author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., who teaches a class about willpower at Stanford University, combines the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology and economics with feedback from her students to create an accessible, step-by-step guide to understanding and strengthening willpower. With a book like this, it’s easy to wonder if it’s just another of the many platitude-filled, self-help books published at the beginning of the year that won’t improve our lives any more than our forsaken resolutions. As a mass consumer of self-help books, including everything from “The Secret” to “Master Your Metabolism,” who has been trying to lose the same 10 pounds for the last five years, I know a little about the genre and the subject. The trouble with most self-help books is that after you read them you know what

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to do, but you still have the problem of motivating yourself to do it. I may have found the answer to this dilemma in the pages of this book. “The Willpower Instinct” has several things going for it: First, the author has impressive credentials. McGonigal is a health psychologist and educator for the Stanford School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program who specializes in helping people manage stress and make healthy choices. McGonigal also writes the “Science of Willpower” blog for Psychology Today. She’s a longtime vegan, a yoga expert and a two-time author at the age of 34 — evidence pointing to some personal expertise in her subject. Second, the book, which is dense with academic studies (with 25 pages of reference notes), is grounded in the experiences of her students, making the theories relatable and reality-tested. The author writes: “A class survey four weeks into the course found that 97 percent of students felt they better understood their own behavior, and 84 percent reported that the class strategies had already given them more willpower.” She also notes that if the scientific conclusions didn’t work as well in real life as they did in the laboratory, we won’t find them in the book. Most importantly, the book explains complex brain science and its applications in a clear and entertaining way that makes them easy to understand and use in our daily lives. The information, anecdotes and advice make inherent sense. I found myself highlighting and dog-earing almost every page and I had too many “Aha!” moments to count. The book is divided into 10 chapters, modeled after the 10-week course. McGonigal suggests reading one chapter per week to let the ideas sink in and to take the time to do the

“Willpower Experiments” that are interspersed throughout the book. The author provides specific strategies for strengthening willpower in many different areas, including dieting, exercising, procrastinating and

curbing addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking, gambling and obsessively checking email. Most of the advice and exercises are simple and quick to implement. For example, McGonigal cites

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MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Meredith Maran, “A Theory of Small Earthquakes” (March 1, 7 p.m.); Susan Stone Belton, “Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk” (March 10, 1 p.m.); Joan Lester, “Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong” (March 14, 7 p.m.); and Claire Bidwell Smith, “The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir” (March 20, 7 p.m.). Information: www.booksinc.net.

Title Pages

Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and educator for the Stanford School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program, wrote “The Willpower Instinct,” offering insights into what willpower is and how everyone can manage it.


Title Pages

WHAT COULD YOU

“The Ten Minute Rule,� instructing us that if we have a craving, we should tell ourselves that we can have whatever it is we desire — in 10 minutes. Often the time delay is enough for the craving to pass and give us the strength to resist. If we spend that 10 minutes “surfing the urge� and paying attention to how the craving makes us feel instead of trying to distract ourselves, we have an even better chance of exerting willpower over our temptation. Sometimes all it takes is a reframing of how we think about things to increase our willpower. When we are doing well, we learn to think of our positive actions not as “progress,� which might make us believe we deserve a treat that will derail us, but as commitment to our goal, which reinforces our resolve. The book’s prevailing themes are that stress and fatigue deplete willpower and that by doing things like meditating, exercising and getting enough sleep we can recharge and store up our willpower reserves. We are told that even small efforts in these areas — five minutes of meditation a day or a quick walk around the block — are enough to reduce cravings and increase self-control. At times, the book, like science, offers up ideas that seem to contradict one another. For example, we are told that being tired reduces our

willpower, but, also that “the limits of self-control are just like the physical limits of the body — we often feel depleted of willpower before we actually are� and urged to push through those limits like a marathon runner. In these cases, readers must find their own balance. For a book about willpower, the tone is surprisingly compassionate. The author encourages us to let go of shame and guilt, which weaken our willpower, and to instead forgive ourselves, accept our feelings and treat ourselves with kindness. McGonigal sums up her message, “If there is a secret for greater selfcontrol, the science points to one thing: the power of paying attention. Self-awareness, self-care, and remembering what matters most are the foundation for self-control.� N Freelance writer Kathy Cordova can be emailed at khcordova@ gmail.com.

Book Talk

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(continued from previous page) “The Shah,� on Thursday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Pigott Hall, Bldg. 260, Stanford University, with a book signing to follow. RSVP (to audrey. mcgowan@stanford.edu) is required by 5 p.m. Feb. 28 for the free talk. POETRY CONTEST ... Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County’s poet laureate, will talk about “Poetry on the Move: A Contest!� on March 7 at 7 p.m. at

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board [HRB] 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 1091 Emerson Street/225 Lincoln Avenue [12PLN-00039] Request by Peter Baltay on behalf of 1091 Emerson Street Partners, LLC for historic review for demolition of a Category 3 building on the Historic Inventory and historic review of a replacement single-story, single family residence. Zone District: R-1 (Single Family Residential). Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Feb. 15-22 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Elder abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .1

Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Casualty/fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Disturbing phone calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

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Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Menlo Park Feb. 15-22 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .7 Driving without a license . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 False information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Parole arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Atherton Feb. 15-22 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .2 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Coroner complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

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VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block Maddux Drive, 2/15, 12:47 a.m.; domestic violence/misc. Unlisted block San Antonio Road, 2/15, 17/16 p.m.; elder abuse/neglect 700 block Colorado Avenue, 2/16, 6:23 a.m.; robbery/armed. Unlisted block Pine Street, 2/16, 3:33 p.m.; sexual battery. Unlisted block Warren Way, 2/20, 2:47 p.m.; simple battery.

Menlo Park 300 block Ambar Way, 2/15, 9:51 a.m.; assault. 600 block Willow Road, 2/17, 2:36 p.m.; child abuse. 100 block Terminal Ave., 2/21, 7:54 a.m.; battery.

Atherton 1000 block El Camino Real, 2/19, 6:44 p.m.; simple assault-battery.

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Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Sheila Mandoli, pioneering advocate for children and seniors heila Mandoli, founding director of Palo Alto’s first community childcare center, died Feb. 18, just days before her 93rd birthday. Great-grandmother, pioneering advocate for children and seniors alike, community builder, mentor and friend — her passing leaves voids in many circles. Born March 2, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the eldest child of pianist Florence Brown and Edward Hoffer. Her lifelong love of good food, shared by family and friends around a table, trace directly to “The Package Grocery,” owned and run by “Dad and Grandpa Brown.” Women had unprecedented access to the workplace when she graduated from UC Berkeley in 1942 with a degree in social work, and Sheila became a probation officer for the California Youth Authority in Oakland, Calif. She later left the probation office in 1951 to marry the love of her life, Harry Man-

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Ann Taylor Ellis Ann Taylor Ellis, 58, died Feb. 9 at her home on the Stanford University campus. While she had been ill with Anorexia Nervosa for decades, her death was sudden and unanticipated. She died in her sleep in her own bed. She was the only daughter of Arlee R. Ellis and Arthur W. Ellis. She moved to Palo Alto with her family at age 3 and grew up around the community, attending Green Gables Elementary, Jordan Junior High School and Palo Alto High School. She attended Stanford University, where her mother was a longtime administrative staff member. While struggling with both Anorexia and Obsessive-Compulsive

doli, move to Barron Park, where she lived for 63 years, and raise three daughters. She started the career that would sustain and drive her for the rest of her life: She melded her skills in social work and parenting, first teaching at Friends Nursery School. She then directed the Sunnyvale Parent Co-op, and finally rose to become the founding director of Downtown Children’s Center, the first preschool of Palo Alto Community Child Care. “Sheila was a solid rock at PACCC for almost 40 years,” said Janice Shaul, executive director of Palo Alto Community Child Care. “Always smiling — she seemed to never have a bad day. “I was always so impressed to observe her interacting with young children. Her passion about their curiosity and her patience in letting them figure things out was mesmerizing. She had equal patience with and passion for her senior friends and her storytelling group was surely something to be impressed by.” Long before the idea of keeping children active was popular, her preschoolers sang, danced, paraded, gardened and learned by doing, said daughter Dina Russell, who said she also taught “evidence-based” active parenting skills decades before it became popular. Russell said that during the

Disorder, she pursued many passions, especially surrounding the welfare of animals and children. She is survived by her brother, Andrew Ellis of Lafayette, Calif. Plans for a memorial gathering are pending. Donations in her name may be made to the charity of your choice.

Shirley Rovin Shirley Rovin, 83, of Palo Alto, died Feb. 4 after a long battle with dementia with Lewy Bodies. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Morris and Bertha Finkle. She grew up in Philadelphia and attended public schools through high school, where she earned her diploma in 1945. She met Sam Rovin on a blind

Charles Bennett Leib, Jr. April 28, 1943-December 28, 2011 A memorial gathering and plaque dedication will be held at 3pm on Saturday, March 10th at Alpine Inn Beer Garden (Zott’s), 3915 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. The Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band will play. Info Judy 650-948-1003 or marketpoin@aol.com PA I D

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next 14 years, she tried to teach children kindness, helpfulness, generosity and adventurous inquiry. Although she retired in 1988, she remained active in the child-care field, serving as interim director of Sojourner Truth Child Development Center and as Palo Alto Community Child Care’s volunteer coordinator, the position from which she led the Palo Alto Intergenerational Week. There, she organized many activities to promote relationships between children, youth and seniors in the community. She cultivated her family, her immense and constantly growing circle of friends, her active cadre of volunteers, and especially her beloved garden, which was a source for the fruits and vegetables she cooked and preserved. “Sheila could make anything out of leftovers that I would probably have thrown out. It might have been ugly looking, but it always smelled wonderful and tasted fabulous,” said son-in-law Ken Russell. “She inspired me to learn to cook and to enjoy great food.” She was a frequent visitor to the Apple store on University Avenue with laptop and iPhone in tow, and learned to use a computer and the Internet while in her 90s. “She was blessed with an optimistic

date in 1948 and immediately fell in love. Sam whisked her away to the frontiers of California in 1950, where they started their family. Stuart was born in 1951 and Keith in 1954. Their lifelong odyssey took them back and forth around the world to New Jersey, Orlando, Palo Alto, Philadelphia again, Huntington Beach, Palo Alto again, Haifa,

and cheerful spirit and believed in living each day to the fullest and a willingness to try anything,” said Lora Smith, longtime friend and bridge partner of 20 years. Her passion for community and her contributions to society were recognized by the PTA Very Special Person award and a Certificate of Recognition from Byron D. Sher and the California Senate both in 2003, the Palo Alto Human Services Community Star Award in 2008, and grants from the Packard and the Panwy Foundations. Mandoli is survived by siblings Tom Hoffer and Miriam Cooper; daughters Marie, Dina and Rita; sons-in-law Kenneth Russell and Charles Espey; grandchildren Ian, Kai and Mia Cheeseman, and Eve and Samuel Russell; great grandson Noah McFarland; and nieces, nephew and too many friends to name. A celebration of her life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. The family encourages attendees to wear colorful clothing and requests that inquiries about contributions to a park bench and public garden/play area dedicated to her memory should be directed to Dina Russell, 4500 NE 40th St., Seattle, WA 98105. N

Israel, Sunnyvale and finally ending up in Palo Alto, where she remained until she entered Lytton Gardens skilled nursing center in 2010. She was a devoted wife and mother, and also worked when times demanded it. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Sam; son, Stuart, and his wife, Lynne; and son, Keith.

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Mary Balch Kennedy July 9, 1909-February 9, 2012 At 102, Mary B. Kennedy passed away peacefully in her home in Palo Alto Feb. 9. She was born in Los Gatos on July 9, 1909 to Lucy and S. Dean Balch. She attended Los Gatos High School (graduating in 1926) and Mills College. Then at Stanford University she was the third woman to graduate (in 1930) with a major in Geology. Mary Balch was married for 52 years to Richard R. Kennedy, who preceded her in death in 1985. She worked at the California Division of Mines and the USGS for several years after her graduation. She is survived by three children: Bruce (Diane) of Los Gatos, David (Maureen) of Palo Alto and Jane (Clint) Kelley of Redwood Valley. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 9 greatgrandchildren. She lived in Palo Alto for the last 72 years and volunteered tirelessly in many civic organizations including Palo Alto’s Children’s Health Council, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Gamble Garden’s Roots and Shoots children’s program, Avenidas Senior Center, Stanford Hospital Auxiliary and Family Children’s

Services. She also tutored in East Palo Alto. In 1991 she received the Lifetimes of Achievement award from Avenidas. Love of seeing new countries and foreign cultures was of great interest to Mary. She traveled to 73 countries, most with her Civil Engineer husband as he designed water systems and other infrastructure throughout the western U.S. and internationally. She will be remembered for her curiosity, enthusiasm, outgoing personality, love of children, and great kindness. A celebration of her life will be held, March 25, at 2 p.m., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Children’s Health Council or a charity of your choice. PA I D

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Ann C. Beyer Ann C. Beyer, a long-time resident of Palo Alto, passed away at home January 21 after a long illness. She is survived by her life partner Millard J. Knepper, her former husband, Karl Beyer of Palo Alto, and her children, Kat Beyer (Wolfgang Lochner), an author from Madison WI and Jon Beyer (Nadine Bradford), a software programmer at Electronic Arts from Mountain View. She is also survived by her brother, Ed Sutherland of Melvin Village NH, and two sisters, Ellen Sidor of Tucson AZ and Beth King of Stockton NJ. A woman of diverse interests and talents, she was born in Boston MA in 1935 and was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College class of ‘57 and Boston University School of Social Work, class of ’60. Ann worked as a social worker for many years in Boston and San Jose before becoming an artist. She started as a quilter, teaching at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu NM. A member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, she was commissioned to do the long painted silk banners which are permanently mounted in the sanctuary. Later she moved to painting dreams and landscapes in oils and water color and took many painting trips abroad. She studied at Foothills College and with Earl Pierce, a nationally known Hans Hofmann student. She also studied piano and voice. Ann loved the outdoors and enjoyed walking with

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friends at Baylands. She was passionate in supporting many conservation causes including the Seed Savers Exchange, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and Peninsula Open Space Trust. She was a charter member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She and her daughter Kat collaborated on producing an animated short as a logo for the Rainforest Action Network. From a young age, she was an avid horsewoman. She kept a Tennessee Walker at college and had horses most of her life, including a Palomino she enjoyed riding in Portola Valley. She loved gardening and enriched her plants with help from chickens roosting in coops over her compost pile. In 2005 she and her life partner built a house in Wolfeboro NH which featured a roomy painting studio. In 2010 she began showing her work at the Ladd Caregas Gallery in Sandwich NH. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, California Saturday March 17, 2012 at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pathway Hospice of Sunnyvale CA. PA I D

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Robin Robinson organization that provides services for people with disabilities. In 2003 he was elected to the Palo Alto Fellowship Forum and was its president from 20102011. He served twice as president of the 101 Alma Condominium Association. Robin loved tennis, skiing, bridge, reading, crossword puzzles, and poker. His colleagues at his weekly poker game warned newcomers that despite Robin’s friendly good humor, he almost always came away a winner. His friend Tom Ehrlich said, “He certainly was a winner in life and will be missed by his family and friends whose solace is in the many warm memories, stories, and good deeds that he left behind.” A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 4pm at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road at Embarcadero. Contributions in honor of Robin may be made to Abilities United, 525 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94306 or to the Palo Alto History Museum, PO Box 676, Palo Alto, CA 94302. PA I D

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Eleanor Rubin Eleanor Rubin, 98, a resident of Menlo Park for more than 40 years, died Feb. 17. Before moving to Menlo Park she lived and worked in San Francisco for more than 20 years. Born Aug. 5, 1913, in Warwick, R.I., to Caroline Munnegle and Michael A. Rattigan, she was raised

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Nov. 18, 1931 – Dec. 25, 2011 Robin James Robinson, beloved by his family and many friends, died comfortably at home on December 25, 2011, at age 80 of prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Caddes; his step-daughter Jill Caddes of San Francisco, his stepson and daughter-in law, Scott and Polly Washburn Caddes, their three children, Hayley, Jake, and Garrett, of Los Altos, California; and Robin’s sister, Diane Bonem, of New Braunfels, Texas. Robin was born and grew up in Beaumont, Texas. He graduated from Rice University in 1954, and earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined Exxon Corporation as a project manager for developing technologies to extract oil from the ground and from the ocean floor. His work took him all over the world, including Japan; England; Australia; Norway; Venezuela; Laguna Beach, California; New Jersey; and Houston, Texas. After retiring from Exxon in 1986, he worked for a hazardous waste cleanup business in Washington and then ran his own consulting firm. In 1996, Robin and Carolyn moved to Palo Alto where Carolyn had lived many years. Robin became an enthusiastic citizen. He helped raise funds for the Palo Alto History Museum and was a Board member and president of Abilities United (formerly C.A.R.), an

1915 in Mansfield, Ohio, where he lived most of his life, died Feb. 18 at Stanford Hospital. In 1984 he and his wife, Ruth, who died in 1992, moved to Palo Alto to live with their daughter, Judith Steiner and son-inlaw Hans Steiner, M.D., and their three children, Remy and HansChristoph, of New York City and Joshua, of Oakland, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by his son John W. Harrison, Jr. of Georgia, his daughter Susan Harrison of Florida, and by grandchildren, Jenni and Kiri Brotsch, two daughters-in-law, Patina Mendez and Rivka Karasik, and four great grandchildren. He was an electrical engineer and had a long career at Westinghouse and the Bureau of Standards and held many patents. He loved travel, opera and his lifelong hobby, building fine furniture. He was a staunch Republican who loved the government and believed in paying taxes. Contributions may be made in his memory to Lytton Gardens, 649 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 or First Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.

there and in Washington, D.C. Her family was active in law and politics, interests she retained throughout her long life. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., in 1934 and then embarked on a long career in the federal government, including positions with the Department of Agriculture and the National Archives. On Dec. 21, 1941, she became the 26th employee of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) under William J. Donovan. Following the war, she moved to San Francisco in 1945 and worked briefly for Doubleday, then returned to OSS, which became the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She was with the CIA until retiring as a research analyst in 1969. That year she married Jerome W. Rubin, whom she had known and worked with for many years. They enjoyed a wonderful life together, full of interesting and varied friends and a warm and loving family. A lifelong Catholic, she was a parishioner at St. Raymond church in Menlo Park. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Rubin, and by her brother, Joseph A. Rattigan. She is survived by her stepsons, Dick Rubin (Judy) and Dan Rubin (Gretchen); grandson, Patch Rubin (Jen); sister-in-law, Betty Rattigan; nieces, Catharine Kalin (John) and Anne Paine; nephews, Michael Rattigan (Janelle), Tom Rattigan, Pat Rattigan (Christie) and Tim Rattigan (Paula); and by many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. N

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A memorial service for Ann C. Beyer will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice of Sunnyvale. A celebration of life for Mary Balch Kennedy will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Children’s Health Council or a charity of choice. A celebration of life for Sheila Mandoli will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at

the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The family encourages attendees to wear colorful clothing and requests that inquiries about contributions to a park bench and public garden/play area dedicated to her memory should be directed to Dina Russell, 4500 NE 40th St., Seattle, WA 98105. A memorial service for Robin Robinson will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Memorial contributions may be made to Abilities United, 525 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306 or the Palo Alto History Museum, P.O. Box 676, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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Ruth “Ruthie� Montgomery Jackson

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March 25, 1911 – January 27, 2012 “Ruthieâ€? passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the love of her friends and family on January 27, 2012, leaving the small gold country town of Sutter Creek, California with a little less heart, soul, humor, and generosity. Ruth was 100 years old. For the full version of Ruth’s obituary, please go to her website at http://ruthmontgomeryjackson. com/Book/Welcome.html. Friends and community members are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration on March 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Sutter Creek Auditorium in Sutter Creek. In lieu of owers, donations in Ruth’s honor may be made to the Amador Community Foundation “Andra J. Fuller Memorial Scholarshipâ€? at www.amadorcommunityfoundation.org PA I D

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Alice Barauck Alice Barauck of Palo Alto, California passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. She was ninety years old. Alice was born on November 28, 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Nathan and Minnie Wilner. She was the youngest of three children along with her eldest brother, Rabbi Herbert Wilner, and sister Ruth Wilner Orchin. Alice was raised in Rochester, New York eventually attending the University of Rochester where she earned an Associates and Bachelor of Arts degrees. She continued her education at Case Western Reserve in Ohio where she received a master’s degree and was honored with the Phi Beta Kappa award. In 1948 Alice married Alfred Howard Barauck. They soon settled in San Francisco, CA where they had two children, Lisha Cassingham (Dvora Rachel Barauck) and Mark Noah Barauck. In 1966 they moved to Palo Alto where she lived the remainder of her life. Alice was a passionate licensed clinical social worker for over 40 years. This devotion to social work often translated into several outlets of activism in support of ideals that she strongly believed in such as civil rights, the welfare of children, world peace, and freedom. She was a devout follower

of the cultural arts and music, enjoying annual Shakespeare festivals, classical operas, ballets, and Broadway shows. She was a world traveler, an avid reader, a lover of nature and the outdoors. In recent years she enjoyed many of these pastimes with her loving companion Sidney Simon. Her greatest pride and joy, however, was her beloved family and extensive group of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Barauck and her son Mark Noah Barauck. Alice is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law Lisha and Keith Cassingham, her granddaughters Ashley Higashi, Emily and Kimberly Cassingham, and her great grandchildren Ethan, Ella, and Fynn Higashi. Funeral Services were held Friday, Feb. 17 at Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. In lieu of owers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL 650-369-3636 PA I D

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William (Bill) Beaver passed away on January 23rd in Palo Alto at the age of 91. Bill was born in Yucaipa, California, and grew up in rural communities in southern California. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley. He served in the Signal Corps in WWII. Just before shipping out to Europe, he married May Merit, an artist and the love of his life, whom he had met as they worked at the Rad Lab in Berkeley as students. Bill started working for Varian in the early 1950s, making major contributions in vacuum tube and computer simulation technology and medical ultrasound instrumentation. He also collaborated with researchers at the Stanford Medical School on cardiac imaging and exercise respiratory physiology. On the home front in Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills and later in St. Helena he was always working on gardens, orchards, and building scenic decks and patios, as well as sometimes making wine in the basement. In the late 1970s, Bill left the world of science and technology to pursue his wine-making passion full-time in St. Helena, forming a partnership to establish Conn Creek winery. After leaving the Conn Creek partnership, Bill returned to scientiďŹ c work, collaborating as a consultant on respiratory physiology research projects. Following May’s death in 1991 he moved back to the Bay Area. Throughout his life Bill loved snorkeling in Hawaii, ďŹ ne food and wine, bicycling and jogging up steep hills, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his daughter Judy Rock of Palo Alto and son Bob Beaver of PaciďŹ ca, and their extended families. PA I D

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Golden opportunity to acquire the downtown post office Birge Clark building is surplus, but could be adapted to other uses if price is right

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alo Alto residents have been picking up their mail and buying stamps at the downtown post office since 1932, but change is coming and with the financial meltdown of the Postal Service, 380 Hamilton Ave. is likely to have a new owner before the year is out. A solid majority of the City Council voted Tuesday to make sure the city is among the bidders when the service chooses who will buy the beautiful and historic 20,300-square-foot building that was designed by Palo Alto’s own Birge Clark. The building’s distinctive Spanish Colonial Revival style was a Clark trademark, which broke the rules laid down by postal officials at the time. Ultimately it became the first post office ever commissioned to be intentionally designed for the purpose, but was only accepted after the direct intervention of President Herbert Hoover, a friend of Clark’s. During Tuesday’s presentation at City Hall, postal officials explained the service’s acute nationwide financial problems, which are forcing the sale of Palo Alto’s downtown post office and many other buildings elsewhere on the Peninsula and around the country. But while the Postal Service wants to downsize, the officials said they are not abandoning downtown Palo Alto, where they hope to lease about 3,500 square feet of commercial space, either in the old post office or within a few blocks of 380 Hamilton. The council wisely directed its staff to appraise the property and begin evaluating eventual uses for the site, although it is far from clear whether it makes financial sense to purchase the property. The PF (public facility) zoning at the site must either house a public use or be rezoned for other uses, Planning and Community Environment Director Curtis Williams told the council. Any buyer would have to ‘Gorgeous building’ is overcome many procedural historically significant to hurdles and proceed with the city. caution before modifying – Palo Alto City Councilman the building, which is listed Sid Espinosa on the city’s inventory of historical buildings and the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. The restrictions would make it difficult to use the building for a private, profit-making use, although it would not be impossible. The council did not identify a funding source to purchase the building, which in an entirely off-the-cuff estimate, one local developer said could be worth about $6 million or more. The Postal Service is looking for a quick sale and is hoping to put the building on the market in May of this year. Many of the comments Tuesday spoke about the history and beauty of the building. Councilman Sid Espinosa said the post office is a “gorgeous building,” that is historically significant to the city. He urged city staff members to consider “creative uses” for areas around the building, including the parking lot. The council ultimately adopted Councilwoman Gail Price’s motion asking staff to appraise the site and consider “adaptive reuse concepts” and “planning strategies” for the site. On Tuesday the council did not focus on potential uses for the building, but back in December Councilman Pat Burt said he would like to explore making it the site of the Development Center. The city’s current center is located in leased space at 285 Hamilton, across the street from City Hall. Given the possibility that the building’s zoning designation and historic rating could lower its price, the city should think creatively about uses for this one-of-a-kind Birge Clark building. One possibility that could help remedy the long-running and so far unsuccessful search for a public-safety building would be to move the downtown library to the post office, lease 3,500 square feet back to the Postal Service, and use the library building to house portions of the police department, which is located across the street. With its two prominent entrances, the post office could have its own access to the smaller branch post office, while the current library, or some other use compatible with the public facility zoning, could use the other. Regardless, this beautiful public building should be preserved and given a new life by the city, particularly if it can ease overcrowding at City Hall. Or it could be leased to a tenant who could work with the zoning profile. A good example of the city finding a new purpose for a large building is the Senior Center takeover of the old police station on Bryant Street. Although the police station was vacant for nearly 10 years, the city worked with a citizens group that raised more than $1 million in the early 1970s to refurbish the 16,000-square-foot building that housed all the city’s senior programs and continues to do so under the Avenidas banner. It is a good example of how historic city buildings like the post office can be given a new lease on life. Page 18ÊUÊiLÀÕ>ÀÞÊÓ{]ÊÓä£ÓÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Compost facility feasibility Editor, Now that Measure E has opened the door to using 10 acres of parkland for a compost facility, residents must watch the city’s actions closely to make sure that a decision is made quickly, and if the real financial merit of the plant is not feasible — make sure that the parkland is rededicated. All concerned residents must insist that our leaders respond to the following questions: 1. How do we make sure that the “cost” (market value) of the 10 acres of real estate is fully accounted for in any financial feasibility study? 2. How do we assure that there is absolute integrity in all the assumptions used to evaluate the project (real financial merit vs. pipe dreams)? 3. How do we keep study costs to a minimum (i.e., if it is clear that the anaerobic digester does not meet financial return goals, stop the detailed study and return the parkland)? Without this scrutiny, we will spend money and delay a precious park resource without delivering any value. Watchdog efforts like these are bad news for those hoping that there might be a loophole to convert the land to another purpose once the memory of implied promises have faded. That promise: The city will provide an innovative composting plant that returns a positive financial return (including the market value of the land) or return it to parkland and proceed with the long-delayed recreational vision for our waterfront. Got accountability? Compost or get off the pot. Timothy Gray Park Boulevard

Electrify Caltrain Editor, The latest sugar in the California High Speed Rail Authority boondoggle is to provide electrification for the Peninsula Caltrain System. Back in 2000 Santa Clara County voters approved Measure A, which extended the 1996 sales tax for the BART extension, but also for Caltrain electrification. The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce got on board, so to speak, since electrification promised fast, frequent and quiet Caltrain. That was the sugar for Measure A. Bottom line: We were promised electrification once in Measure A and now for high-speed rail. This is doubling down on bait and switch. Chop Keenan Keenan Land Co. Palo Alto

This week on Town Square Posted Feb. 22 at 10:31 a.m. by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood: There is a definite double standard here (re: “Music company drops children’s classics”). I know that most “old” children’s rhymes come out of what was going on in the world at the time and it is playing with traditions and history to get them banned. Do we really want to do this? Isn’t it denying that these things happened? At the same time, we seem to be using the opposite idea in our literature choices in our schools. Huck Finn, Roll of Thunder and even Anne Frank are required reading for middle schoolers who are often being faced with racist issues in ways they have never had to experience before. Is this teaching them English skills, criticalthinking skills, history, or showing them insight into past values out of context? History is not pleasant. We have some really ugly history in all cultures. Picking and choosing which

to allow and which not to allow is likely to cause more discord than harmony. Posted Feb. 22 at 3:14 p.m. by Douglas Moran, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood: On the bias/ideology of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, be aware that their spokesperson for Transportation Affairs advocates reducing the vehicle lanes on Alma to accommodate bicycle lanes, never mind that the Bryant Street Bike Boulevard is but two blocks to the east and there is a bike path on the other side of the Caltrain tracks. The bike lanes are but a “statement” and a means to make travel by car more and more difficult, never mind that many of those drivers don’t have viable alternatives. My experience with the leadership of the chapter over the years is that they are ideologues who are unwilling to consider negative consequences and side-effects of what they propose.

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Echoes of the ‘Great Massage Parlor Raid’ of 33 years ago

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by Jay Thorwaldson

he current mini-controversy that pits Palo Alto’s massage-parlor ordinance against the innocent-sounding “Happy Feet” massage business evokes some admittedly faint echoes of a major city confrontation a third of a century ago. That traumatic civic experience may explain some of the sensitivity that today’s city officials may have toward massage operations. At that time there were 18 “massage parlors” in town and it was a major news story for the erstwhile Palo Alto Times, where I was the city-beat reporter. Repeatedly, when I wrote about the numerous parlors I would include the phrase: “... only one of which is considered legitimate.” The legitimate massage center was located on Waverley Street immediately north of Lytton Avenue. It was a training center for “sensual massage,” and at the time would have been considered a “hippie” operation. And it truly was legitimate, even though I thought at the time that more real pleasure might be happening there than in any — perhaps all — of the other parlors in town. The other 17 were staffed by young women who were known for being scantily clad, and there was growing community suspicion that more went on inside the massage rooms than allowed under antiprostitution laws, in terms of which body parts were being massaged, at least. The operators of the parlors denied that anything untoward was going on. Depends on one’s definition of untoward, I suppose. I interviewed one owner of several parlors,

meeting him in his long-term motel room along El Camino Real, where several parlors were also located in south Palo Alto. Several, um, scantily clad young women wandered in and out of the room during the interview. I dutifully reported his comments and denials. Citizen protests built, particularly when young women came outside to smoke or stand around in front of the parlors, along some routes where kids walked to school. Angry parents and offended residents berated the practice at City Council meetings and in letters to the editor. Yet month after month city officials were unsure about how to respond, seemingly reluctant to act against what might be legitimate operations, and thus open the city to the threat of lawsuits. Unbeknownst to the public and press at the time was that there was a quiet and careful and deeply confidential — investigation underway, involving police officers posing as customers in close coordination with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. One official later called it an undercover investigation, and chuckled when I observed that “undercover” might be a misnomer, based on the evidence presented in the police reports. The apparent stalemate came to an abrupt end before dawn on Dec. 3, 1976, with a large context of drama. The detective division of the Palo Alto Police Department set up a carefully orchestrated raid for 5 a.m. in which officers would enter each of the suspect parlors simultaneously. The secrecy was intense. Virtually no one outside the division was informed of the impending raid. Officials even set up a decoy press conference for 7 a.m. in conjunction with the Stanford University police department, on another topic, during which they planned to announce the raid and its results.

But at about 11 p.m. the night before my home phone rang. The caller, whom I have never identified and never will, asked if I knew what the Palo Alto police were going to do in the pre-dawn hours. OK, thanks. I called the department’s watch commander, and asked the officer on duty — Capt. Bob Elliott — to ask about the raids and let him know we wanted to have people on hand. But he was unaware of the raids, as the patrol/uniform division hadn’t even been told. I later learned that Elliot charged down the hall into the detective division and had a discussion about not being informed, although “discussion” wasn’t how it was described to me. I immediately called City Editor Bob Burgess, and by 5 a.m. we had two photographers and three reporters on hand to greet the officers as they arrived at the parlors. The raids went smooth, mostly with no surprises — except in one case where police found a large cache of guns, for some still-unknown reason. In another parlor officers confiscated (for safe keeping) several tropical-fish aquariums. Officers also found a young woman sound asleep in the lobby of one parlor. The 7 a.m. press conference went ahead as scheduled for other news organizations, chiefly the San Jose Mercury-News and TV news. But that afternoon the Times was filled with photos of guns and fish and officers closing down the parlors, a satisfying scoop. The closures held up against legal scrutiny, and the great massage-parlor crisis and raid faded into local history. Some police officials were deeply distressed that I learned about the raids in advance, and were miffed that I wouldn’t say how I knew. The city adopted a restrictive massage-parlor ordinance, which remained in effect until enforcement was suspended in 1996 — in anticipation of a state preemption of parlor regulation. Not surpris-

ingly, perhaps, it has taken 15 years and counting for that to occur. Today’s massage ordinance is under review by the City Council. A Feb. 14 council subcommittee meeting considered the matter and decided that the proposed city ordinance needs more massaging, as one reporter termed it. Massage therapists would be required to get certified, either by a permit from the city or a certificate from the California Massage Therapy Council (CMTC), an organization formed by the state Legislature to regulate the industry. Palo Alto currently has 195 massage therapists, of which 111 are certified by the CMTC. Businesses without permits are concentrated around California Avenue, which has about 24 unregulated therapists, Wagner said in a report. Therapists would also be required to maintain a logbook of all clients, which has elicited protests from therapists and raised privacy concerns. The city modified its proposal to require a court order before police could review logbooks. The proposed ordinance also requires criminalhistory and fingerprint checks from the Department of Justice. Therapists would have to undergo at least 200 hours of education from accredited schools. And there’s a cost: The ordinance proposes annual permit fees ranging from $300 for a massage technician (renewable for $150) to $750 for a massage business (with a $450 renewal fee). As for Happy Feet, officials say it falls under the ordinance despite its emphasis on foot massage because it also offers full-body massage, even though the clients remain fully dressed down to the knees. But the era of pre-dawn raids is long gone. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson may be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweeky.com with a cc: to jaythor@well.com.

Streetwise

Will you be watching the Oscars? Asked on Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Cristina Wong and Eric Van Susteren.

Marcia Adams

Retired attorney Middlefield Road “Absolutely, definitely. I have seen every movie in preparation for watching the Oscars.”

Christine Egy Rose

CEO, Scoot & Doodle Inc. Midtown “I’m not going to watch. It’s not even that they’re boring; I just don’t have the time.”

Julie Bagniefski

Teacher Greer Road “Probably not. Actually, I’ve seen most of the movies this year, but they’re boring.”

Roger Pavane

Media business Middlefield Road “I will probably glance at it. I will watch it for the interruption responses — who will interrupt who on stage.”

T. J. Bay

Physicist University Avenue “No, not at all. I kind of think it’s silly, not really interested, but I like the movies.”

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Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. The pair has been a most productive team, creating illustrations that bring viewers inside complex procedures, such as treating hearing loss by placing an infinitesimal prosthesis inside the ear. Jackler is married to an artist, Laurie Jackler, but he admits he can’t draw too well. He relies on Gralapp’s hand to help make what he sees during surgery clear and vivid to others. Their illustrations, CD-ROMs and books — including the “Atlas of Skull Base Surgery

and Neurotology” — serve as valuable aids for doctors honing their techniques, residents learning to be fully fledged surgeons, and patients yearning to understand the work that will be done inside their own bodies. “On the face of it, you really don’t see art and science being a marriage,” Gralapp says recently in Jackler’s Stanford office. “But we’re doing the same thing, just in different ways. We’re trying to explain the world.” As an educator, Jackler clearly sees merit in endeavoring to explain the world to as many people as possible. “As a doctor, you can help thousands of patients,” he says. “If you can create an educational tool to

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Robert Jackler leafs through Chris Gralapp’s illustrations of a possible cure for hearing loss. help doctors all around the world, you can help millions.” The pair has put hundreds of their illustrations online, which means a surgeon on the other side of the world could be consulting one in an operating room right now. Gralapp and Jackler are also continuing a tradition that exists in many lands and goes back countless years, Gralapp says. “The great

anatomists of the Renaissance all had an illustrator by their side.”

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his contemporary collaboration takes place surrounded by ears. Gralapp, who lives in Marin County, regularly comes to Jackler’s Stanford workplace. She’s so familiar with human anatomy that she doesn’t need to observe in the

operating room anymore, so the pair work in the office, in the company of antique medical drawings of ears. Curving like seashells, the ears watch from wooden frames on the wall. The theme continues, sort of, behind Jackler’s desk. Parody prints depict various paintings of (who else?) van Gogh. On a low table, colored pencils fill


Cover Story a white School of Medicine mug. Pieces of tracing paper show two key parts of the collaboration process: two rather ragged preliminary sketches by Jackler, next to a more finished version by Gralapp. “Any sketch I do is dead flat,” Jackler says affably. “She can create that dimensionality.” This is a now-familiar process. Jackler comes in with an idea and his sketches, often along with MRI or CT images, and Gralapp works with him to create a formal, colorful incarnation. Her drawings are scanned into the computer, and the two refine the illustrations there. (In years past, Gralapp used watercolor, but the computer has replaced that.) The illustrations are often bright with false colors. While some hues are standard (arteries are red, veins are blue), it’s not uncommon to see a fetching green or purple. “We try to maintain consistency ... but we sometimes use different colors to show adjacent structures with different purposes,” Jackler says. Jackler and Gralapp seem to have a friendly working rapport and speak each other’s artistic language. It helps that Gralapp knows her anatomy. “She’s become a master of head and neck, which is the most Byzantinely complex area,” Jackler says. “She now knows the ear any which way you can imagine.” From time to time, other physicians who do projects with Gralapp will come in to watch her work with Jackler, to learn from their process, Jackler says. Peter Hwang, who also works in otolaryngology at Stanford, echoes Jackler’s praise. He recently finished a textbook on sinus surgery, with Gralapp doing 100 illustrations. “The process of creating new art with Chris was collaborative and organic,” Hwang said. “For example, Chris was trying to get the shading just right on a complex anatomic perspective, so she went home and cut an apple to study how light and shadow fell on the cut fruit. Needless to say, she brought this insight into her drawing, and nailed it.” Hwang also sees Gralapp as an excellent educator. “She recognizes that her drawings are created to teach, and she knows how to distill the essence of the teaching points into a natural, clear and accurate depiction of the human anatomy. So the collaboration extends beyond the lines and colors of the drawing towards something bigger — allowing us as educators to be more effective teachers through her beautiful work.”

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here is, of course, something to be said for creating beauty for beauty’s own sake. Gralapp clearly pays attention to aesthetics in the elegant simplicity of her lines. But attractive anatomical drawings have been made many times over the centuries. Jackler is more interested in illustrating new, complex procedures. “We specialize in taking on these things that other people don’t,” he says. One focus has been cranial-base surgery, as seen in Jackler’s “Atlas

of Skull Base Surgery and Neurotology,” published in 2008 with 700 color illustrations by Gralapp. The book details what the tumors are and how they grow, as well as methods to remove them, many of which had not been developed as recently as 30 years ago. “Now we can make tunnels through the ear and other places to get to intercranial tumors that were previously unreachable,” Jackler says. Another project is the pair’s work with the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss. Researchers have been focusing on trying to cure deafness through regenerative methods, such as stem-cell therapy using the patient’s own skin cells. Jackler cites hair-cell regeneration as an example: Hearing loss often takes place when hair cells in the cochlea are damaged. Jackler flips through illustrations depicting the damaged sensory epithelium, and how stem cells from the patient’s skin or fat might be placed in the cochlea to fuse with the structures and then develop as hair cells. Gralapp’s drawings depict the process in a straightforward way, with economical use of lines and color. It’s just as important to leave out what is not needed, she notes. Since the procedure is not yet done on patients, this illustration process is aimed at a different audience: potential donors. “It’s an exciting project, but it needs money,” Jackler says. The pair chats about a recent donors’ meeting where they presented their illustrations. “Do you think they got it?” Gralapp asks. Jackler smiles. “Definitely.” How does it feel for this artist to be involved with what could be a major treatment for hearing loss? “It’s so exciting,” Gralapp says. “I feel very honored and humbled to be a part of it.” In some cases, the pair does create purely anatomical drawings. With the ear, they felt compelled to correct the record. For years, many people relied on an intricate drawing of the ear done by the pioneering medical illustrator Max Brödel (1870-1941). But it wasn’t completely accurate, Jackler says: It has the wrong number of turns in the cochlea, for example, and the anvil is reversed. “Although it was brilliant at the time, it has huge errors,” Jackler says. So he and Gralapp made a new one with the aid of modern imaging systems. “We created drafts and circulated them around the world and asked for feedback.” Now the finished product is prominently displayed on Gralapp’s laptop, the cochlea glowing pale green and the external ear a vivid, healthy pink.

facial plastic surgery, for academic, legal and industry clients such as Genentech, Scientific American, and various UC campuses. She has also done animal illustrations for the Smithsonian Institution, depicted bariatric surgery for World Book and created artwork for a series of children’s games about the brain. Outdoors, she draws rock art for national, state and local parks. Gralapp says one of the most rewarding aspects of her job is feeling that she’s easing the anxiety and fear of medical patients. “Patients are a vulnerable population. I want to show them something nonthreatening,” she says. “You can’t scare them with surgical photographs. They’d turn and run.” Gralapp breaks into a gentle smile as she recalls a recent presentation she gave about her work to a group of about 30 patients. They had been through the illustrated medical procedures and were there to give input to Gralapp for improving her work. “The gratifying thing is, they got what I was showing,” she says. “They helped keep me on track. It was wonderful.” Meanwhile, Jackler continues to pursue a favorite side project: a Stanford research group studying the effects of tobacco advertising. It grew out of his collection of thousands of vintage cigarette ads, and a traveling exhibition of them, curated by his wife. Jackler has donated his collection to the Smithsonian, but several reproductions of the images decorate his office. A poster from Canada’s Tobacco Fund is prominently displayed. A soldier lights up beneath the slogan “Our Boys Want Smokes.” “It’s been an interesting process for an ear doctor to become a tobacco guy,” Jackler says. He’s also taught at Stanford Continuing Studies on making sense of the human senses. Right in line with his illustration work, he’s got another idea for a class up his sleeve: “I want to do a glimpse into surgery for non-medical people.” N Arts & Entertainment Editor Rebecca Wallace can be emailed at rwallace@paweekly.com. Info: Several of Chris Gralapp’s illustrations of skull-base surgery and neurotology are posted at med. stanford.edu/ohns/atlas_sb/. The artist’s own website is chrisgralapp. com. Information about the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss is at hearinglosscure.stanford.edu.

About the cover: A photo illustration by Raul Perez combining photos by Veronica Weber (including an image of surgeon Robert Jackler’s hands) and a medical illustration by Chris Gralapp.

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ralapp and Jackler started collaborating in the ‘80s at the University of California at San Francisco, where she earned her master’s degree in medical and biological illustration and he was a resident. Jackler was at UCSF for 20 years and has now been at Stanford for eight. Gralapp has built her own biomedical-visualization business, focusing on matters of the head and neck and

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arla Ekholm has bassoon music in her bones. It started with her hands. When she was growing up in Texas and all the kids in school were starting to play musical instruments, a teacher took one look at her and said: “You have big hands. You should play the bassoon.” “Of course, my hands haven’t grown since then,” Ekholm said. Still, she developed a lasting love for the statuesque woodwind instrument. Benjamin Simon, who conducts Ekholm in the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, where she’s principal bassoonist, says that sentiment seems visceral and visual. “She exudes a joy in playing,” he said. “Even when she’s sitting in her chair, she dances to the music.”

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by Rebecca Wallace Simon also heads the student Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, where he regularly builds concert programs around solos by favorite visiting professional musicians. For the March 10 performance at Palo Alto’s Cubberley Theatre, he’s planned a program around Ekholm and her bassoon. Ekholm will solo with the orchestra in Jean Françaix’s “Divertimento for Bassoon and Strings.” PACO will also perform Henry Purcell’s “An English Suite,” and the “First Suite for Strings” by the late northern California contemporary composer Lou Harrison. The performing group is the senior orchestra of PACO, which has five chamber orchestras, each with about 25 members. As a bassoonist, Ekholm doesn’t get many offers to perform with string-heavy student

orchestras. In fact, this is her first time. She says she’s been very pleased with the rehearsal experience so far at PACO. “These guys are so disciplined,” she said. “They take a little longer to get to where they’re going,” she added, and a few more rehearsals are needed, but it’s “pretty similar to playing with a professional orchestra.” Ekholm is also pleased with the Françaix piece she’ll be playing. “It’s not ostentatiously showy as far as technique, but it’s a tricky little piece for the bassoon,” she said. “The whole thing is you can’t show that to the audience. It is so charming and light and bubbly and just refreshing, so I need to go tripping over everything so lightly.” As Ekholm has spent more time with the “Divertimento,” thinking about the work

and its French neoclassical composer, who died in 1997, she finds the notes conjuring up a story in her mind. She imagines a finely drawn cartoon character coming from the rural provinces to Paris for the first time and exploring its wonders. It’s all part of her personal creative approach to this work. “I’ve lived with this piece and I have a very definite sense of the character and what he’s doing,” she said. As Ekholm prepares for the PACO concert, she adds the endeavor to her usual mix of playing with various groups and on various stages, driving to and from her home in San Francisco. Crisscrossing the Bay Area for gigs is nothing new to her. (continued on page 26)


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A modern classic West Bay Opera presents a remarkable update of ‘Don Giovanni’

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ith its new production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” set in contemporary America, West Bay Opera has achieved something remarkable: an updating of a classic that not only emphasizes the timeless appeal of the story, but also leads us to think about the characters and their actions in new ways. Let’s begin by stipulating that, musically, the production is exceptionally strong. Under the baton of Michel Singher, the orchestra is lively and polished. Singher’s tempi are sensitive to the needs of the vocalists, yet brisk enough to keep the opera’s running time, with intermission, to a manageable three and a quarter hours. The acoustics of the Lucie Stern Theatre serve the singers well — the vocals are never overpowered by the orchestra — though at times (especially during the overture) the sound from the orchestra pit is somewhat muffled. “Don Giovanni,” with Mozart’s multi-hued score and an exemplary libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, may provide relatively little meat for the chorus. But for the leads there are plenty of toothsome arias and savory recitatives. While all of the leads sing their roles with technical mastery and apparent ease, what is even more impressive — and, for the success of this production,

OPERA REVIEW more important — is that all of them act the roles so well. By transplanting the tale to a modern, urban, East Coast neighborhood, stage director David Cox forces the performers to approach the characters not just as iconic operatic types (the silver-tongued seducer, the long-suffering servant, et al.) but as real, contemporary, flesh-and-blood people. The modern Giovanni (baritone Daniel Cilli) is a hedonistic trust-fund baby slumming it in a working-class neighborhood as he searches for his next sexual conquest. The flamboyant style that is often associated with the role would seem ludicrous in this context. Instead, Cilli radiates a contemptuous entitlement. We believe, as he does, that his wealth renders him untouchable. Cilli has a pleasant and refreshingly natural voice, and his serenade “Deh vieni alla finestra” (in which he accompanies himself on the mandolin) is particularly memorable. Adam Paul Lau’s Leporello is less a servant than a one-man entourage, a hanger-on who watches Giovanni’s back and provides a bit of street cred. Lau has good comic instincts and a resonant bass voice. He wisely avoids playing Leporello as a clown,

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delivering his arias with a wry smirk and keeping the character physically grounded with a sort of hip-hop slouch. If there’s any problem with Lau’s performance, it’s that he occasionally overpowers Cilli vocally. Soprano Christina Major makes her West Bay debut as Anna, with Jonathan Smucker as her fiancé, Ottavio. Both have strikingly beautiful voices, and they make a believable couple. In Cox’s 21st-century take, Ottavio is a police detective. When Anna’s father (the Commandatore, played by John Bischoff) dies at Giovanni’s hand while trying to protect his daughter’s honor, Smucker stalks onto the scene with uniformed cops and EMTs in tow, his black topcoat and the set of his jaw bringing to mind the no-nonsense hero of a police procedural. His lyric tenor shines on the arias “Dalla sua pace” and “Il mio tesoro,” providing an interesting contrast to the hard-edged police persona. Soprano Liisa Dávila is Elvira, the jilted (and, in this production, pregnant) former lover who has come looking for Giovanni. Dávila handles the character’s emotional flip-flops well: swearing revenge one moment and, the next, imagining herself capable of reforming the unrepentant playboy. Despite the flip-flopping, Dávila’s Elvira is a strong woman, determined to

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Daniel Cilli and Kristen Choi in West Bay Opera’s “Don Giovanni.” keep others from repeating her mistakes. Finally, there are Zerlina (mezzo Kristen Choi) and Masetto (bass Carlos Aguilar), a young couple celebrating their impending marriage. Zerlina’s first appearance — in a clingy, sequined mini-dress and 3-inch platform shoes, giggling with her similarly attired bridesmaids — cements Cox’s vision of the show. This is not just modern America, but the slightly sordid America glorified by reality TV. And this is where the brilliance of West Bay’s updated “Giovanni” first becomes evident. In traditional productions, it’s easy to regard Giovanni’s designs on the bride-to-be as the primary threat to Zerlina’s and Masetto’s marriage. But

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Choi and Aguilar give us a more complex picture, one in which their characters’ union is likely doomed from the start, Giovanni or no Giovanni. Their duets (well performed, though Choi has some trouble with the higher, melismatic passages in “Batti, batti o bel Masetto”) show them to be naive, shallow individuals — in love, perhaps, but incapable of sustaining a longterm relationship. More disturbingly, one has the sense that, when Zerlina begs her fiancé to beat her so that she can prove her love, she might actually mean it. This is just one example of the way in which the modern setting leads us to reevaluate our attitudes toward Da (continued on page 26)

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She performs with six orchestras as a contract member and many other groups as a freelancer. Opera is a favorite genre; she toured for 20 years with San Francisco Opera’s late touring company, Western Opera Theater. Ekholm’s three decades as a traveling musician intrigued filmmakers Tal Skloot and Steven Baigel, who chose her as one of seven freelance players to profile in their 2008 documentary “Freeway Philharmonic.” The film described the musicians as “the road warriors of the classicalmusic world.” (Cellist Eugene Sor, who directs PACO’s Debut Ensemble, is also featured in the film.) In the movie’s trailer, Ekholm can be seen saying: “My car has 330,000 miles on it. My accelerator leg hurts.” She also displays an injury: a broken finger sustained while boogie-boarding in 2006. “It’s not like it was. My finger just goes to a different place now,” she said last week. “It’s a good thing I don’t play a stringed instrument. ... I was able to adapt my bassoon to me.” To add profound insult to injury, Ekholm’s bassoon — an instrument worth more than $30,000 — was stolen from her car in 2007. “The San Ramon police got it back. It was quite a story,” she said. While Ekholm has her instrument again, life has gotten tougher for freelance musicians in the recession, with orchestras cutting concerts or even going under, she said. She counts herself fortunate to be preparing for a concert with a group and a conductor she’s so fond of. “He’s enthusiastic; I love that,” she said of Simon. “He’s such a great musician and so quick to understand things.” Ekholm said she sometimes finds herself in rehearsals making comments and suggestions that might seem cryptic, but that Simon is always on the same wavelength. “He gets it. He gets the music and that’s what I love.” With the March 10 program, Simon is also allowing audiences to get more than the traditional Baroque selections one often hears. The composer Lou Harrison (19172003) was not only contemporary but a maverick, often blending East and West influences. “He was very into Javanese music, gamelan and microtones,” Simon said, further describing Harrison’s compositions as “simple but heartfelt and beautiful, no artifice.” Simon and PACO will continue their exploration of contemporary music at the June 2 concert, which includes the world premiere of Elizabeth Ogonek’s “Window Watchers in a City of Strangers.” Born in 1989, Ogonek is studying to earn a master’s degree in composition at the University of Southern California. N

Ponte’s complex characters. It is easy, in a period drama, to romanticize Giovanni as an incorrigible rake and to tell ourselves “that’s just the way men behaved back then.” But here, when Anna relates the details of Giovanni’s attempted “seduction,” it is unambiguously clear that what she’s describing is an attempted rape. Suddenly, our antihero becomes much more anti. Giovanni, in 2012, is a noxiously iddriven frat boy who richly deserves the punishment that lies in store at the opera’s conclusion. Of course, setting the story in the

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present also presents many comic possibilities, and Cox has chosen the jokes well. For Leporello’s famous “Madamina, il catalogo e questo,” in which he lists Giovanni’s conquests, Lau produces an iPad and scrolls through the catalog with broad finger swipes. Later, Giovanni praises Leporello’s proffered feast of donuts, Chinese take-out and a bucket of chicken. The only aspect of West Bay’s update that is not wholly successful is the decision to compress all of the action into a single urban street scene. Lighting designer Robert Ted Anderson lights the sky in a way that marks the passage of time, but merging the libretto’s eight locales into one makes many of the

exits and entrances confusing and muddies the meaning of several lyrics. This is not to suggest that Jean-Francois Revon’s unit set is not wonderful — it is. Revon has also produced a clever work-around for the cemetery scene. The Commandatore’s memorial is no longer a marble statue, but an impromptu curbside shrine with candles, flowers and a lifesize portrait. Finally, it must be noted that much of the success of this updated “Giovanni” lies with costumer Callie Floor. Her costumes tell us things about the modern characters that the 18th-century libretto cannot. This is a superb, accessible production that will appeal both to long-

time opera fans and to those who have no prior experience with the genre. Catch it while it lasts. N What: “Don Giovanni,” presented by West Bay Opera Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto When: Remaining performances are Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Cost: $20-$55 (group discounts available) Info: Call 650-424-9999 or go to wbopera.org.

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Times for the Century 16 and Century 20 theaters were not completely confirmed by press time. The Weekly recommends double-checking the times online before going to the theater.

The Metropolitan Opera: Ernani (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Sat. at 9:55 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat. at 9:55 a.m. National Theatre Live: The Comedy of Errors (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Thu. at 7 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Thu. at 7 p.m.

100 Men and a Girl (1937) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 4:15 p.m.

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: 2:45 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 1 p.m.

A Separation (PG-13) (((1/2 Guild Theatre: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 11:30 a.m.

Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: 4:45 & 9:15 p.m.

Act of Valor (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:40, 4:30, 7:40 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50, 7:35 & 10:20 p.m.

Pina 3D (PG) (Not Reviewed) Palo Alto Square: Fri. at 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:50 p.m.; Sat. at 4:30, 7:15 & 9:50 p.m.; Sun., Mon. & Wed. at 1:50, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m.; Tue. at 1:50 & 4:30 p.m.; Thu. at 1:50 p.m.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. The Artist (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:40 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:20 & 7:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m.

Prelude to Fame (1950) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:50 & 9:05 p.m. Rampart (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:35, 4:20, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.

Best Picture and Best Director Festival 2012 (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Sat. at 12:15 p.m.

Safe House (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:50, 4:30, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:30, 5:15, 8 & 10:45 p.m.

Best Shorts Festival 2012 (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Fri. at 12:30, 4:15 & 8 p.m.

The Secret World of Arrietty (G) (((1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:20, 3:50, 6:20 & 8:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:15, 4:35, 7 & 9:25 p.m.

Big Miracle (PG) (( Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 & 9:45 p.m.

Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace 3D (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:40 a.m. (standard 2D); In 3D at 3:30, 7 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 1 p.m. (standard 2D); In 3D at 4:05, 7:10 & 10:15 p.m.

Chronicle (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 1:50, 4:10, 6:50 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:35, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. The Descendants (R) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 3:15, 6 & 8:45 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 12:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 & 10 p.m.

Tarzan and His Mate (1934) Stanford Theatre: Tue.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Thin Ice (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 9:10 p.m.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Noon, 5 & 10:30 p.m.; In 3D at 2:30 & 8 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 4:10 & 9 p.m.; In 3D at 12:35, 1:45, 3, 5:25, 6:35, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m.

This Means War (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 & 11:50 a.m.; 1:25, 2:15, 3:50, 4:45, 6:40, 7:35 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 & 10:45 p.m.

The Godfather (1972) (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Thu. at 2 & 7 p.m.

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:40, 4:20, 7:20 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 2, 4:40, 7:25 & 10:05 p.m.

Gone (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:25 a.m.; 1:55, 4:25, 7:30 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 2:40, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:10 p.m.

The Vow (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m.

Hugo (PG) (((1/2 Century 16: 2:40 & 9:20 p.m.; In 3D at 11:30 a.m. & 6:10 p.m. Century 20: 3:40 & 9:35 p.m.; In 3D at 12:45 & 6:40 p.m.

Wanderlust (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:15 a.m.; 1:45, 4:25, 7:25 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8:05 & 10:35 p.m.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 3:50 & 9 p.m.; In 3D at 1:25 & 6:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 4:20 & 9:30 p.m.; In 3D at 1:40 & 6:55 p.m. The Jungle Princess (1936) Stanford Theatre: Tue.-Thu. at 5:55 & 9:25 p.m.

Wings (1927) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. The Woman in Black (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 20: 12:25, 2:55, 5:30, 7:55 & 10:40 p.m.

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The Secret World of Arrietty ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Great things come in small packages. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the lessons of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret World of Arrietty,â&#x20AC;? the charming animated adventure based on Mary Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kid-lit classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Borrowers.â&#x20AC;? This is a tale of tiny people warily living underfoot of us human â&#x20AC;&#x153;beans,â&#x20AC;? and stealthily â&#x20AC;&#x153;borrowingâ&#x20AC;? what they need to survive. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a reminder that the seemingly small package of a hand-drawn animated film remains a warmly welcome alternative to the often cold equivalent of computer-generated imagery. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi takes the story at a leisurely pace, which allows it to breathe. Along with the gorgeously detailed art, lush color and swoony music, the film is all but guaranteed to entrance children. The animation style, emphasizing meticulous design, perfectly lends itself to the source material. Everything about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arriettyâ&#x20AC;? is as vivid as it is (deceptively) simple, which places it in the top ranks of animated movies. With tenderness, the story brushes against big fears â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shawn grapples with mortality, Arrietty with losing her home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while retaining the view that friendship can mean mutually solving, or at least alleviating, problems. Rated G. One hour, 34 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012) The Vow --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) If the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore chuckler â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 First Datesâ&#x20AC;? had been recast as a romantic drama and produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vowâ&#x20AC;? might have been the result. Fortunately, leads Rachel McAdams (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight in Parisâ&#x20AC;?) and Channing Tatum (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haywireâ&#x20AC;?) serve up solid performances and help keep the film somewhat grounded despite its proclamations about love and loyalty. The fledgling marriage between young sweethearts Leo (Tatum) and Paige (McAdams) crashes to a halt when a truck slams into their car, sending Paige into a coma. When she awakes, she has no memory of Leo, who endures one awkward situation after another to win Paige back. Tatum and McAdams have a comfortable chemistry and their relationship is mostly believable. The romantic scenarios that

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Little Arrietty (voiced by Bridgit Mendler) encounters a cat in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret World of Arrietty.â&#x20AC;? abound range from endearing to saccharine. The characters in Paigeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life are moderately fleshed out, including her parents and sister (Jessica McNamee), but those in Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life are numbingly one-note. While most films nowadays include 3D glasses, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vowâ&#x20AC;? comes with the rose-colored variety. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity, language and an accident scene. One hour, 44 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012) Big Miracle -(Century 20) Merriam-Webster defines â&#x20AC;&#x153;miracleâ&#x20AC;? as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairsâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.â&#x20AC;? OK, so imagine that, except â&#x20AC;&#x153;big.â&#x20AC;? I kid. With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Miracle,â&#x20AC;? the title sets an expectation that Ken Kwapisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; movie canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite deliver. The original title was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody Loves Whales,â&#x20AC;? which suggests a sitcom nobody wants to see. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Miracleâ&#x20AC;? recounts a 1988 incident that gripped network news: A family of three grey whales becomes trapped in Alaskan ice, sparking a debate on how and whether to save them. Greenpeace activist Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) represents for the sentimental anthropomorphizers in the audience. Rachel gets wind of the whales from ex-boyfriend Adam Carlson (John Krasinski), who breaks the story. The Inuit Eskimo community has

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a tradition of subsisting off whale meat, and they propose harvesting the whales. But the popular decision quickly becomes to expend massive amounts of money and resources to saving the whales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Miracleâ&#x20AC;? plays best as a passable family flick, enabled by an Eskimo lad (Ahmaogak Sweeney) shadowing Adam everywhere. That the story otherwise downplays the role of the Inuits, in favor of the interlopers played by familiar faces, is business as usual for mainstream cinema. Rated PG for language. One hour, 47 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C.

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Movies (continued from previous page) (Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012) The Artist --(Palo Alto Square, Century 20) Any filmgoer undaunted by something different will walk out of this new silent film with a grin. Michel Hazanaviciusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feature has an emotional generosity that speaks louder than words. Opening in 1927, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Artistâ&#x20AC;? begins with a premiere of a silent film starring George Valentin (Jean Dujardin). When Valentin stumbles into a photo op with Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), the ground for a relationship is paved. Peppy sees her star begins to rise with Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fall, precipitated by the arrival of talkies and the crash of 1929. Writer-director Hazanavicius mostly steers clear of comparisons to the eraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epics and screen comics, instead inhabiting melodrama. The acting is inventive, and the film joyously celebrates the movies. Rated

PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture. One hour, 41 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011)

family-bond in search of closure. Rated PG for mild rude humor. One hour, 38 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011)

The Descendants --1/2 (Aquarius, Century 20) George Clooney plays Matt King, a lawyer and father troubleshooting domestic and business concerns in a Hawaii that is not paradise. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s petulance derives mostly from his wife being in a coma due to a boating accident. As a father, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clumsy at best; by pampering 10-year-old Scottie (Amara Miller), Matt hopes to distract her from her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decline. No such trickery works on delinquent 17-year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley). Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business issue involves his role as trustee of his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ancestral land: 25,000 acres in Kauai that will bring the Kings a pretty penny if they can agree on a buyer. As this subplot lingers, Matt becomes obsessed with investigating a secret about his wife. It provides the excuse for the Kings to island-hop and

Hugo ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Director Martin Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affection for all things cinema has never been more evident than in the enchanting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hugo.â&#x20AC;?Young Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives alone in the hollowed walls of a Paris train station, orphaned following the death of his father (Jude Law). Hugo is desperate to finish repairing an old robotic figure that he and his dad had been working on, occasionally stealing parts from a toy shop. The shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enigmatic owner (Ben Kingsley as Georges Melies) catches Hugo in the act and confiscates Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journal: a booklet with his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sketches of the automatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inner workings. Georgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) agrees to help Hugo get his journal back, setting off a series of mysterious events that click and whirl with the

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rhythm of a finely tuned clock. Rated PG for mild thematic material, some action/ peril and smoking. Two hours, six minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011)

windshield that attends the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moment of truth. Rated PG-13 for thematic material. Two hours, three minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012)

A Separation ---1/2 (Guild) Even as she defends her divorce filing, an Iranian woman says of her spouse, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a good, decent person.â&#x20AC;? But â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Separationâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entry for Oscarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Foreign Language Film â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tests its every proposition, from the wisdom of the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s separation to the ethical rectitude of the spurned husband. The opening scene of writer-director Asghar Farhadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama lets wife Simin (Leila Hatami) and husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) vent their sides of the dispute that threatens to end their marriage. The two separate, forcing 11-year-old Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) to quietly play one parent against the other in the hope theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the errors of their ways. The climate of cultural repression in Iran has only made its cinema more vital. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s separations can be familial, but also those of class and culture and between citizen and state; above all, Farhadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parable teaches that a rush to judgment inevitably turns back on the judge. Though the characters may not live in glass houses, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shattered

The Woman in Black --1/2 (Century 20) This chilling adaptation of Susan Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1983 novel offers actor Daniel Radcliffe a chance to shed his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potterâ&#x20AC;? persona. Radcliffe plays it somber and stoic in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woman in Black,â&#x20AC;? his understated performance complementing the spooky atmosphere. But the paranormal period piece relies so heavily on frightening imagery that backstory and character development get buried. Widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) is dispatched to a quiet village to sift through paperwork at an unkempt estate. He spots a woman in black, and unearths a mystery that involves the mansionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former mainstays and the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rash of child deaths. Director James Watkins sets the mood well; the scenes of Arthur alone in the dark mansion at times literally made this reviewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spine tingle. Ultimately the film canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t distinguish itself from other ghosts-gone-wild tales like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ringâ&#x20AC;? (2002).Rated PG-13 for violence/ disturbing images. One hour, 35 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012)

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Freshman goalie Evan Cranston from Castilleja School earned CWPA Southern Division honors after helping the Brown women’s water polo team to a 4-0 weekend at the Bison Invitational hosted at Bucknell. Cranston earned her first collegiate award as the Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week. Cranston had a great weekend for the Bears as she posted 35 saves in 3 1/4 games in the cage. She played the first quarter of Brown’s 20-6 win against Gannon and earned four saves. She then played the next three games, posting 10 saves in an 8-7 win over Bucknell, nine saves in a 7-5 win over Marist and 12 in Brown’s final game against Wagner College, a 1211 victory. Cranston also added three steals and two assists . . . Gunn High grad Alex Lincoln won two individual swimming titles during the SCIAC Championships this week. Competing for Pomona-Pitzer, Lincoln won the women’s 100-yard free in 52.21, coming from behind to win by a scant .05. She also won the 200 free in 1:54.27, taking that by just .04 of a second. The titles were the first for Lincoln, a sophomore. She now awaits word on whether her times are fast enough to qualify for next month’s Division III nationals in Indianapolis . . . Leslie Airola-Murveit of Portola Valley was a member of a four-woman team that captured the Maureen Connolly Cup Senior World Championship competition recently at the Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.

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Stanford senior setter Evan Barry (10) leads the nation in assists per set (12.26), has set the Cardinal to the second-highest hitting percentage in the country (.365), and is the reigning MPSF Player of the Week.

efore the season began, the schedule seemed as difficult as could be. The Stanford men’s volleyball team would open conference play with nine on the road, and spend a 10-match, 40day span playing the national preseason’s poll’s top three teams, plus the defending NCAA champion, all while covering more than 7,600 miles. But, somehow, Stanford not only survived, but thrived. When the marathon trip concluded, the Cardinal (11-2 overall) was No. 1 in the nation. “When you have a league as strong as this, I don’t think anybody goes into a season saying they expect to be No. 1,” Stanford associate head coach Ken Shibuya said. “Everybody’s just trying to find their way for the first few weeks.” But Stanford clearly has found its rhythm heading into its conference home opening weekend — Friday against No. 10 Pepperdine and Saturday against No. 6 USC at Maples Pavilion. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. “We knew going into this season we would have a good team,” Stanford head coach John Kosty said. “But as we went through that long road trip, we had our ups and downs. But to the team’s credit, it came out 8-2. That has to do with the mental and physical preparation to be ready to handle such a chore.” Despite no favors from Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule makers — every other member of the 12-team conference has played at least three at home — Stanford still emerged with an 8-1 record, and is tied for first in the loss col(continued on next page)

M-A boys’ connection to history in CCS soccer is team manager by Keith Peters t has been a long time since the Menlo-Atherton boys’ soccer team has captured a Central Coast Section championship. The last one came in 1994 and the first arrived in 1985. Since 18 years has passed since Juan Camahort coached the Bears to a 16-2-1 season and section crown in ‘94 and 27 seasons since Frank Mangiola guided M-A to a 23-1-1 mark in ‘85, there is little to connect those titles to the present team. There is one, however. Katherine (Kitty) Moore was the team’s manager in ‘85 and ‘94 and she remains in that position today after 37 years on the job. Now in her mid-80s, Miss Kitty (as she’s fondly referred to) is winding down her ‘career’ with the Bears. It has been a love affair that has spanned decades. Miss Kitty is known as the spirit of Menlo-Ather-

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ton boys’ soccer. Her sons Tom (1969), Andy (1979) and Johnny (1983) all played at M-A while her oldest, Roger, attended Menlo School. Her daughter, Mary, also attended Menlo-Atherton but did not play. Miss Kitty began cleaning, stitching and buying uniforms in 1975 and just stayed. She has attended every game over the years, home and away, but only made it to home games this season. “I don’t go to away games any more,” she said recently. “At some schools, you have to walk almost a mile to get to the field. I can’t do that any more.” But, with the aid of a walking cart that helps her transport drinks and snacks. She always brings red vine licorice, plus water, lemon tea and hot cider. “The parents have been very helpful,” she said. Miss Kitty doesn’t like the night matches or the rainy ones, but she has been there through dark(continued on page 38)

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OAKS’ HONORS . . . The 2011-12 Women’s Basketball California Pacific Conference postseason awards were announced on Thursday with Menlo having four players earning postseason awards, the most of any team in the conference. Three players — Erika Garcia, Lauren Adamek, and Jolise Limcaco — were recognized as all-conference first teamers, while freshman forward Laurel Donnenwirth earned second-team distinction. Limcaco also took home the Cal Pac’s Freshman of the Year honor and Lady Oaks’ head coach, Shannon Osborne, was the recipient of the Cal Pac Coach of the Year award. Limcaco, who averaged 19 points in two games for the Oaks last week, has been selected as the Cal Pac Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

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Cardinal women hoping to make another splash Two-time defending conference champs take aim at winning inaugural Pac-12 Championships; No. 2 baseball hosts Texas by Keith Peters hen Stanford captured its second straight title at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships last season, it did so with just five victories. Depth took care of the rest. That’s a likely scenario once again as the Cardinal heads to Federal Way, Wash., for the four-day Pac12 Championships that get under way Wednesday. Stanford has won 18 conference championships since 1987. The Cardinal men’s and women’s divers also will be in action. Defending NCAA champ California grabbed the first-day lead with 128 points by winning the 200 medley and 800 free relays on Wednesday night. The Cardinal scored 112 points for second place. In the 200 medley, Cal finished with a time of 1:36.77, as Palo Alto High grad Liv Jensen touched the wall ahead of Betsy Webb and the Cardinal at 1:36.90. Paly grad Colleen Fotsch swam the third leg for Cal. In the 800 free relay, Cal again edged its cross-bay rival with a time of 6:57.86 ahead of Stanford’s 6:58.82. Jensen though held off junior Andi Murez for the win. Stanford returns only one individual champion in sophomore Maya DiRado, who won the 200 back last spring. Seniors Sam Woodward and Betsy Web plus Murez all swam on the winning 200 free relay. The other titles came from the graduated Kate Dwelley in the 100 and 200 freestyles and diver Meg Hostage on the platform.. Thus, head coach Lea Maurer will be counting upon another great team effort if her team is to successfully defend. Stanford comes into the championship with the nation’s fastest 200 free relay squad (1:28.20) and with two swimmers ranked in the topthree. Woodward has the nation’s second-fastest 100 fly (52.06) and fifth-fastest 50 free (22.13) in her final championship go around, while DiRado has the nation’s fastest 200 back (1:52.57), second-best 200 IM (1:54.66) and third-fastest 400 IM (4:02.06). The Cardinal also has the second-fastest 400 free relay (3:13.76) and third-fastest 800 free relay (7:02.76). Stanford comes into the meet with only five seniors and only one swimmer that holds a school record — Webb in the 100 back (52.39) set in 2010. She’s also on the school record-setting 400 medley relay (3:30.45) from 2010). DiRado ranks second all-time in both the 200 back (1:52.04) and 400 IM (4:10.02), trailing only Olympian Julia Smit in both events. Woodward is a part of the recordsetting 200, 400 and 800 free relay teams and individually is No. 5 in the 50 free and 100 fly and No. 6 in the 100 free. Lee is No. 6 in both

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umn with UCLA (9-1). The Cardinal has returning firstteam All-Americans Brad Lawson, at outside hitter, and Erik Shoji, at libero. But the team struggled toward the end of last season, which ended in the first round of the MPSF tournament, far short of matching its 2010 national championship. With three sophomores — hitters Brian Cook and Steven Irvin, and middle blocker Eric Mochalski — expected to play prominent roles, and with Lawson sidelined for the entire fall because of injury, nothing seemed sure. Help may have come in the form of misfortune. On January 27, Stanford dropped to 4-2 by losing decisively to Penn State in a rematch of the 2010 NCAA final. The next day, at the same Ohio State tournament, senior setter Evan Barry crumpled to the ground late in the third set against the defending champion Buckeyes with a leg injury. The Cardinal lost the set to fall behind, 2-1, but senior replacement Dylan Kordic, in his first action at setter against a Division I team, rallied Stanford to a five-set victory. Barry may have been well enough to return, but with the way Kordic played and the way the team responded, Barry remained on the bench. Barry returned for the following matches — a pair at then-No. 1 BYU — and Stanford won both. In the coming weeks, the Cardinal would beat No. 2 UC Irvine as well as perennial Stanford killers Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State in an ongoing seven-match winning streak. Barry leads the nation in assists per set (12.26), has set the Cardinal to the second-highest hitting percentage in the country (.365), and is the reigning MPSF Player of the Week. He has been described as the catalyst to the Cardinal’s success.

Senior Brad Lawson is a returning All-American who missed much of the fall with an injury. He’s healthy and back leading the Cardinal. “I’m most happy with the progress of Evan Barry,” Kosty said. “He’s leading the team, and making the right decisions. The record shows it and the hitting percentage shows it. We knew Evan had it in him.” The danger now is contentment. The road trip ended, the team endured and reached No. 1. But can it maintain the fire? NOTES: In winning MPSF honors, Barry set Stanford to a combined hitting percentage of .459, and had 92 assists, 10 digs and five blocks in the two matches to capture the weekly honor. Barry distributed the ball evenly while keep-

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ing the block off each hitter. In both matches, the 3-0 sweep of UCI and the 3-1 victory over UCSD, Stanford had three hitters with at least 10 kills and hitting percentages far above .300. Against UCI, Cook had 15 kills and a .592 percentage, Irvin 12 and.588, and Lawson 12 and .321. Against UCSD, Barry set Lawson to .556, Irvin to .435, and Cook to .393, while they combined for 49 kills. N Dave Kiefer is a member of the Stanford Sports Information Department and a veteran local sportswriter.

the 100 and 200 back and No. 9 in the 100 fly. Andie Taylor ranks in the top-10 in four categories, ranking No. 4 in the 500 free (4:40.64), No. 8 in the 1650 free, No. 7 in the 200 fly and No. 10 in the 200 free. Maddy Schaefer as just a freshman ranks No. 8 in both the 50 and 100 free after the regular season. Stanford also will be counting on its fine divers for addition points. That group features All-American Stephanie Phipps, who has won 13 competitions on the 1- or 3-meter boards during the regular season. Phipps posted a career-best in the 3-meter at 340-80 in her last event against Cal. In the 1-meter she had a career-best 313.90 at the Stanford Invite. Freshman Sloane Brazina has the second-best score in the 1-meter, scoring a 268.28 against the Bears. Brazina had a best of 250.28 at USC. Baseball Nationally No. 2-ranked Stanford (4-0) will host No. 7-ranked Texas (2-2) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Stanford won 9-7 on Tuesday in 11 innings after trailing 4-0 after two at Pacific. It also trailed 4-0 on Sunday against Vandy en route to an 18-5 win and sweep of the SEC foe. The Cardinal is coming off of a 35-run weekend as three pitchers went at least six innings as Stanford swept No. 10-ranked Vanderbilt to begin the year. Stanford remained at No. 2 in Baseball America and No. 3 in Collegiate Baseball, opening the season with the same rankings in the preseason. It is the highest preseason rating since 2003. This is the eighth time since 1988 Stanford has been a preseason No. 1 or No. 2. Five of those years Stanford reached the CWS. Stanford will send to the hill Mark Appel (1-0, 1.29) and Brett Mooneyham (1-0, 4.50) against Texas’ Nathan Thornhill (0-0, 0.73) and Hoby Milner (3-3, 2.91) in the first two games of the series. Sunday’s starters have not been announced. Ranked No. 13 in the preseason, Augie Garrido now in his 16th year at Texas is coming off a CWS appearance a year ago and a 49-19 record. Six regulars return to that club that is hitting just .167 to start the year, but has allowed just seven runs in four games (1.85 ERA). On Tuesday, Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run homer in the top of 11th leading Stanford to its victory over host Pacific, after the Cardinal trailed by four early and surrendered the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. John Haberman tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single, after freshman David Schmidt (1-0) blew the save after (continued on next page)


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the bullpen held Pacific scoreless for four innings following a 4-0 Pacific lead after two. Schmidt instead got the win with 2 2/3 innings out of the pen, as Sam Lindquist came on in the bottom of the 11th for his first career save. Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney reached base safely five times, going 3-for-4 with two hit by pitches and three runs, while Piscotty drove in three.

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Priory senior Darrah Shields scored three goals, including the first on this penalty kick, in a 6-0 win Wednesday in a CCS opener. Panthers, however, probably have been hard to scout, as well, given their injury situation. Head coach Ramiro Arredondo feels pretty good about his team’s chances on Saturday, especially with the addition of three players. At one point this season, Priory had only 12 available players. In another match, five starters were sidelined. “The character of this team is good,” Ramiro Arredondo said. “We have kids who can step up in different positions.

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Priory senior Eugenia Jernick (left) fought off defenders to score once for the Panthers in a shutout of Pacific Collegiate.

Priory has six seniors who lead the way. On Wednesday, Darrah Shields scored three first-half goals and fellow senior Eugenia Jernick added another. Shields got things rolling with 25:27 left in the first half with a penalty kick. With 18:48 remaining, Shields left-footed a rocket from outside the penalty box for a 2-0 lead. Jernick made it 3-0 after beating the keeper on a 1v1 with 16:05 left and Shields made it 4-0 in stoppage time with another longrange goal. Ramiro Arredondo challenged players to attack more offensively and they evidently responded. Priory’s offensive fireworks in the first half didn’t carry over into the second half despite controlling the ball much of the time. With 9:50 left, freshman Siobhan Gillis made it 5-0 when she launched a long shot from the left side that bounced up and hit the crossbar, then angling back down into the corner of the net. In stoppage time, junior Anna Gillis matched her sister by tapping in a loose ball in front of the goal. Priory was one of four local girls teams playing in opening-round matches on Wednesday and all four produced victories. In Soquel, No. 12-seeded Castilleja knocked off No. 5 seed Soquel, 3-1, in another Division III opener. The Gators (7-10-2) advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals against No. 4 Menlo School (13-4-2) at St. Francis High at 10 a.m. The Knights beat Castilleja twice during the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season. Castilleja, making its first CCS appearance since 2007, took the lead in the 18th minute when Kaley (continued on page 39)

Women’s tennis Taking the court for the first time since being ranked No. 1, Stanford cruised past No. 36 St. Mary’s, 6-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The Cardinal (5-0, 1-0 Pac-12) had been idle since knocking off then-No. 1 Florida, 5-2, back on Feb. 12. As a result, Stanford moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest edition of the national rankings. Despite the layoff, Stanford looked sharp on Tuesday afternoon against Saint Mary’s (3-3, 0-0 WCC). The Cardinal claimed the doubles point, sweeping all three courts to take a 1-0 lead. Ellen Tsay blanked Jade Frampton, 6-0, 6-0, on court four and Nicole Gibbs routed Catherine Isip, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot to extend Stanford’s lead to 3-0. The Gaels then recorded their only point, with Carla Lindlar defeating Amelia Herring, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 6 position. Kristie Ahn provided the clincher with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on court three. Friday’s match against Cal Poly has been postponed. The Cardinal is next in action on Sunday, Feb. 26, hosting San Diego at 11 a.m. Wrestling Stanford (8-8; 3-2 Pac-12) has completed the 2011-12 regular sea-

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hen standout junior Mariana Galvan suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first match of the season, the Priory girls’ soccer team was already playing from behind. As the season progressed, so did the injuries. Sophomore Erin Simpson missed 1 1/2 months with a hamstring injury. Kaitlin Teoman was sidelined for a month with a knee injury and fellow sophomore Laura Wu was in and out of the lineup after suffering through a hip flexor, ankle injury and being hit in the eye with a ball. On Wednesday, all three were back in the lineup for the Panthers during a 6-0 romp over No. 10 seed Pacific Collegiate in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs. “We wanted to test them before Santa Cruz on Saturday,” said Priory assistant Henry Arredondo. The No. 7-seeded Panthers (135-2) will face No. 2 Santa Cruz (124-3) at Del Mar High in San Jose at noon. “Santa Cruz is going to be a little bit different of a game,” added Arredondo. “It’ll probably be more fastpaced. It was 6-0 today. Saturday, it could be a one-goal game.” Santa Cruz won the Division III title in 2010 and is a team that Priory knows little about at this point. The

son and is ready for the year’s ultimate showdown — the 2012 Pac-12 Championships. Ten wrestlers from each school will compete for conference titles and berths in next month’s NCAA Championships. Boise State plays host to the Pac-12 Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. Wrestling gets underway on Sunday, Feb. 26. The title winners will be determined by the end of the day Sunday. All six teams will be fighting for the conference crown Sunday. Stanford is the highest-ranked Pac12 squad coming in at No. 15 in the latest InterMat poll. Oregon State and Cal Poly are also ranked in the top-25, coming in at No. 17 and No. 19, respectively. The Pac-12 boasts 14 individually ranked wrestlers, including two Cardinal. Stanford has competed since at least 1933, but has yet to win a conference championship. When the conference became the Pac-10 in 1980, the Cardinal’s highest finish since then has been second, coming in 2008. Last season, Zack Giesen took home the 197-pound title, becoming the 13th Stanford wrestler to win a conference championship. The team finished fourth overall in 2011. Senior Nick Amuchastegui and junior Ryan Mango are among the top five in this week’s InterMat national rankings. Amuchastegui is the top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds, boasting an 18-0 record. Mango, who leads the team with 23 wins, is ranked No. 5 at 125 pounds. As a team, Stanford is ranked No. 15. Amuchastegui began the year with 92 career wins, which ranked 10th-best in school history. His 18 wins this season has brought his career total to 112 moving him up to No. 4 on the all-time list, passing the likes of Chris Horpel, Steve Buddie and Giesen. He needs eight wins to move into a tie for third place with Josh Zupancic. N

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Senior tri-captain Will Cabral has played heads up this season. this season, but didn’t realize the road would be so bumpy.” The Bears navigated the PAL Bay Division season with a hard-earned 10-0-4 record, winning the matches they were supposed to and tying others while preventing losses. “The success we’re finding this season is not too dissimilar from last year’s, but there are minor — important — differences. One example is that we’ve been able to pull out a result this season in tough circumstances, whereas last year we folded and lost. I think the mentality of the team and attention to the psy-

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ness and dampness this season while watching her boys compile a 15-0-5 record. That mark, plus a co-championship (with San Mateo) in the PAL Bay Division, earned the Bears the No. 1 seed in the CCS Division I playoffs. M-A, which earned an opening bye, will get down to work on Saturday against No. 8 Santa Teresa (18-3) at Milpitas High at 10 a.m. Santa Teresa eliminated No. 9 Carlmont on Wednesday, 4-1. The bracket isn’t an easy one for M-A, despite its lofty seed. Serra (14-3-4) is seeded No. 4 and a possible semifinal opponent next week. In the other side of the bracket is No. 2 Mountain View (14-4-2) and No. 3 Watsonville (15-1-2), either offering a tough challenge for M-A. Mountain View eliminated the Bears last season, 2-0 in the semifinals. That was the furthest the current M-A seniors have advanced in their careers. In 2009 and 2010, the Bears bowed out in the first round. This team, however, is different. The Bears have been ranked No. 23 in the nation for two weeks, in the ESPNHS Fab 50 Rankings. MenloAtherton is rated No. 6 in the state and No. 2 in Northern California, trailing only No. 7 Alisal. Alisal, somewhat surprisingly, is seeded only No. 5 in the CCS Division I bracket. Alisal won its opener, 4-0 over Sequoia and will play Serra on Saturday. Another win will match Alisal and possibly M-A in the semifinals. Watsonville is ranked No. 32 nationally and Mountain View is not ranked. “The thing that has impressed me most about this season is that we’re still undefeated, despite having a lot of unexpected hiccups — such as taking until just a few weeks ago to find out best starting 11,” said M-A coach Jacob Pickard. “We had hoped to go undefeated in league

chological aspects of the game has enabled them to struggle through difficult phases of a match or tough conditions and still find a way to get a (winning) result.” Experience could be a big reason for M-A’s success this season, as the Bears have 16 seniors on their 26player roster. The senior captains are Edgardo Molina, Will Cabral and Aaron Oro. Molina is the offensive catalyst and as a scorer and distributor. “The team/system actually was not built around Edgardo, but does play a style that suits him,” Pickard said. “The system of play that we’re using this year was conceived and implemented three years ago between Edgardo’s freshman and sophomore year. As a freshman, he was on the varsity squad (only the second freshman we’ve ever had on varsity in my time), but he was deployed as a right-back, so we certainly didn’t choose it for Edgardo. We chose a system that would be creative, attack-minded, challenging to learn, as well as play against, and it just so happens to exploit Edgardo’s style of play!” Having Molina, of course, is a coach’s dream. The same could be said about having Kitty on board to take care of all the little details. “I remember the first time I heard of Kitty,” Pickard said. “When I was interviewing for the position, I clearly remember being told about some lady named Kitty and how great she was. Obviously, until I met her and coached a few games, I had no idea how fantastic she is and how much work she does for the boys. “I’m been very fortunate to have her help and support with so many administrative and organizational issues. The players have always taken to Kitty. The boys are not foolish and can see when someone really cares about them, so they have a lot of respect and admiration for her because of that.” The feeling is mutual. “The boys are so sweet and nice,

Senior tri-captain Edgardo Molina (14) leads the Bears in scoring and has helped them to a No. 23 national ranking. and helpful,” she said. “Each year she to know all the players, freshman through senior,” said Peggy Propp, who has a senior son, Alan, on the team. “And, though each year one class graduates, there are three other classes of boys she knows well and it keeps her going. She lives for these games.” Miss Kitty made blankets to put on the cold aluminum bleachers for this season. “That was my project over the summer, the newest and last,” she said. “She is legendary with the refer-

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ees and other coaches and is thus allowed to sit on the bench with the boys, where she always has a smile, a bucket of red vine licorice, as well as Gatorade and water,” said Amy Oro, whose son Aaron is one of three captains. “She manages and launders all the team uniforms, not a small or pleasant task.” Camahort, who coached the Bears from 1991-2004 and to their second CCS title, dropped by an M-A match recently and renewed his long-time friendship with Miss Kitty. “I didn’t have to worry about anything,” Camahort said. “She’s so organized.” Camahort recalled the time in 1998 when the Bears were playing in the CCS semifinals in the pouring rain. The weather was so bad that he couldn’t believe the game was allowed to go on. “But, she was there,” he remembered. “Incredible.” In those days, Miss Kitty attended every game, home and away.” Whenever I got to the field for a game, she was already set up,” Camahort said. Camahort always enjoyed the hot cider. “The time I was coaching, my sugar level must have shot up!” he said. Camahort had a cup of the cider the day he stopped by. He sat next to Miss Kitty and chatted while watching the Bears take the PAL Bay Division lead with a 2-0 win over San Mateo. Camahort was impressed with the Bears. “They have the fire and they keep their aggression under control,” he said. “This could be their year. They could go all the way.” And a CCS title might be a fitting exit for Miss Kitty. “I could return if they make it or not,” she said. “We’ll see. We’ll see.” N


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Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free kick was headed into the net by Victoria Pu. Early in the second half, the Knights (11-5-5) evened the score on a 1v1 that was deftly placed out of goalie Nina Jansenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach, but the Gators answered when Emily Mosbacher collected a Katherine Hobbsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; deflected pass and sent it low left for a 2-1 lead. The final Gatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goal was a free kick by Nelson from 38 yards in the 77th minute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The game ebbed and flowed,â&#x20AC;? said Gatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach Ross Ireland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just as momentum switched after the Soquel goal, a Casti counter attack led to a stunning 1v3 finish by Mosbacher. I am very proud of this squad.â&#x20AC;? In Santa Cruz, Sacred Heart Prep advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs with a 2-0 victory over host Harbor. The No. 11-seeded Gators improved to 11-5-5 while No. 6 Harbor ended its season 9-6-4. Sacred Heart Prep got the eventual winning goal in the 22nd minute from junior Kendall Jager. In the 33rd minute, senior Stephanie Terpening scored off an assist from Jager. The Gators will play No. 3 R.L. Stevenson (16-1-3) on Saturday at Gilroy High at noon. In Watsonville, No. 9 seed MenloAtherton (12-5-4) scored all of its goals in the first half on the way to a 3-1 victory over No. 8 Watsonville (12-7-2). Meryssa Thompson scored twice and fellow senior Jen Kirst added one as the Bears advanced to face No. 1 seed Los Gatos (16-1-2) on Saturday at Del Mar High at 10 a.m. Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals both came on redirections off crosses by Lindsay Keare and Olivia DelRosso. Kirstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal was set up by sophomore center midfielder Zoe Pacalin, who only recently returned from the U.S. Soccer U-15 National Team training camp in Sunrise, Fla. Wrestling While Palo Alto was disappointed with a fourth-place finish at the recent SCVAL Championships, the Vikings would be happy with a similar finish at the CCS Championships this weekend at Independence High in San Jose. Action begins Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., with the championship finals beginning Saturday at 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking to finish in the top four,â&#x20AC;? said Paly coach Dave Duran. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That has been our goal from Day 1. Everyone is chasing Gilroy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nine CCS titles in a row and a heavy favorite again.â&#x20AC;? Palo Alto returns all its medalists from last season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joey Christopherson (126), Nick Ortiz (132), Ryan Oshima (143) and Kalen Gans (160). Gans and Ortiz both are No. 2 seeds while Oshima is a No. 5. Christopherson is unseeded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have nine qualifiers going in, and we are hoping to get two alternates in, as well,â&#x20AC;? said Duran. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our qualifiers are expected to score points for us. We only have nine in for sure; we can get the job done with the nine we have.â&#x20AC;? The alternates will be decided on

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Cole McConnell

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The senior scored eight goals and added two assists in three WBAL soccer victories, including three goals and one assist in a 7-1 playoff win over Skyline champ Crystal Springs to earn a berth into the CCS tourney.

The senior scored 55 points, grabbed 10 rebounds with six steals and four assists in two important basketball wins, including a career-high 32 points to clinch second place in the WBAL race.

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Honorable mention Drew Edelman* Menlo basketball

Gabby Kaplan Castilleja soccer

Lauren Lete Menlo basketball

Emilee Osagiede Palo Alto basketball

Meryssa Thompson Menlo-Atherton soccer

Kendra Wiley* Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Aubrey Dawkins Palo Alto basketball

Andre Delagnes Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Kevin Donahoe Sacred Heart Prep basketball

E.J. Floreal Palo Alto basketball

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Edgardo Molina* Menlo-Atherton soccer

Max Polkinhorne Sacred Heart Prep soccer * previous winner

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Friday morning. St. Francis and Palma will be chasing Gilroy for the team title while Palo Alto will be happy to be in the hunt. The Lancers and Chieftans have a few more qualifiers than the Vikings, but Duran believes he has a number of other potential scorers in Erik Anderson (170), Andrew Frick (195) and Trent Marshall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All have the ability to qualify to the state meet,â&#x20AC;? Duran said. The top three finishers from the CCS finals will advance to the state meet in Bakersfield the following weekend. Gunn, which captured the team title at the SCVAL Championships, will be looking only to qualify individuals to the state meet after being hit by injuries and illness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two of my big guns (seniors Julian Calderon and JJ Strnad) are injured and will probably not wrestle,â&#x20AC;? said coach Chris Horpel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would have scored a lot of team points for us. Hopefully, others will step up and be competitive.â&#x20AC;? But, Horpel noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rest of my team is either still sick or recovering from some bug.â&#x20AC;? Menlo-Atherton will be looking to get its two seeded wrestlers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Andre Delagnes (No. 2 at 120) and

Dino Andrighetto (No. 6 at 126) to the state meet after qualifying four out of the PAL Championships last weekend at Half Moon Bay. The Bears finished second in the team race, trailing only Half Moon Bay. Delagnes won his second straight league title with two technical falls and a pin in the finals. He was also named the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding wrestler at the lighter weights. Anthony Andrighetto (106) and his brother Dino (126) both finished second in their respective weight classes. It was Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second straight season as a runner-up. Dino, meanwhile, earned his first trip to CCS. Sophomore Josh Middel finished third at 170 and also advanced to CCS for the Bears while earning his first trip. Three teammates finished fourth and earned alternate status for CCS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Austin Wilson at 113, Charles Washington at 138 and Josh Buttram at 182. Meanwhile, Kendra Wiley won the 126-pound division at the PAL Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Championships and was named the outstanding wrestler in the lighter weights. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll compete in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; state tournament this weekend in Lemoore, along with Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cadence Lee. N

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