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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


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
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

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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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Special Sections

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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iMac verses eMac and stop the pop-up ads

Tech Talk

This column offers solutions to personal technology questions from our readers. Neither the author nor this newspaper endorses products or companies mentioned.

Q: Now that the eMac is available for everyone we wonder whether we should buy it rather than the higher priced iMac. What is the difference between the two and which is the better purchase?

A: It really depends on what you need. Both the eMac and iMac have plenty of external connectivity and arrive with a nice software bundle. Apple has made the eMac more attractive with the recent addition of their SuperDrive, the optical drive that plays CDs and DVDs and burns data and audio CDs as well as DVDs that play in most commercial DVD players.

The eMac is an appealing midrange choice, peppy enough for most applications but not robust enough to really enjoy OSX or Photoshop. Its 128MB of memory and limited expansion make it a good choice for home users or students. If you work in an office environment and run multiple applications, are headed for OSX, or plan to use processor and memory intensive programs like QuarkXPress or Photoshop, you should consider the iMac. That low price on the eMac comes with some tradeoffs.

Q: As I surf around the Internet, I am getting inundated with ads appearing in different windows. I close one only to have another open. Sometimes there are so many I just quite my browser and start over. This is absolutely annoying. Is there a setting in my browser I can use or some kind of software that will filter out these unwelcome ads?

A: There are many ways of stopping Pop-up and Pop-under ads - which appear in front or behind your browser window. If EarthLink is your ISP they offer Pop-Up Blocker available for download at their Web site. It will also be incorporated in the next version of their TotalAccess software. Mozilla 1.0 lets you block pop-up ads. Mozilla is the first public version of the Netscape-inspired open-source browser and runs on Win PCs and Macs. It can be downloaded from www.mozilla.org.

For strictly PC browsers there is ActivatorDesk, a desktop, browser and Web filter in one. www.activatordesk.com. Another pop-up filtering browser is Crazy Browser and it's freeware, www.crazybrowser.com. CNET's Editors' Choice is PopUpCop, which stops animation, audio files, pop-ups and even cookies, www.popupcop.com. Also, check out AdSubtract at www.adsubtract.com or Pop-Up Stopper, which offers three versions, www.panicware.com.

For Mac browsers, look at Pop-Up Zapper, a great shareware application written by Ricardo Batista, http://batista.org/zap/. Also, consider WebWasher, a shareware program with three functional modules at www.webwasher.com.

Please keep questions to 100 words or less. Send to: Tech Talk, Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Randall Hull is a Los Altos resident and owner of The Br@nd Ranch, a brand marketing firm.

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