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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Seniors take Tri-Cities, lose to Cupertino

Little League baseball

Two days after getting the loss against Sunnyvale National, Los Altos senior all-star pitcher Nick Breakwell broke through for a win over Tri-Cities.

In the loser's-bracket game in Sunnyvale, Breakwell went the distance to notch the 11-4 victory. However, last Thursday Cupertino National knocked Los Altos out of the District 44 tournament by a 9-4 count.

Against Tri-Cities, each team scored three runs in the first, but then Los Altos took over.

With Chad Ziemendorf and Peter Serventi on first and second to open up the second inning, Chris Dreyer moved them up a base with a well-placed sacrifice bunt. Geordie Gordon then drove the runners home with a single just inside the first-base bag, and Dan Pfefferbaum singled Gordon home to give Los Altos a 6-3 lead.

After scoring a run in the fourth on Scott Stockwell's RBI single, Los Altos added four insurance runs in the seventh. Highlighting that inning were run-scoring hits from Dreyer, Pfefferbaum and Andy Meyers. On the night, Pfefferbaum finished with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Meyers and Ziemendorf with two hits each.

Tri-Cities managed to tack on a run in the fifth, but then Breakwell retired nine of the last 10 batters to end the game.

Defensively, Los Altos came up big on two occasions. In the second inning, Breakwell snagged a line drive and doubled a Tri-Cities runner off first; and minutes later, catcher Ziemendorf gunned down a runner trying to steal third. And with the bases loaded in the third, Breakwell issued a strikeout and second baseman Dreyer grabbed a liner to end the inning.

JUNIORS: As of Monday, Los Altos' juniors squad was 3-1 in the tournament with wins over Sunnyvale Southern (6-5), Tri-Cities (14-4) and Santa Clara Homestead (9-3).

MAJORS: Campbell knocked the Los Altos majors out of the tourney with a 7-2 victory on July 8.

9-10-YEAR-OLDS: Los Altos Hills exited from the tournament with a 13-4 loss to Sunnyvale Metro on Saturday.

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