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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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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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Los Altos non-profit Hoopoe Books invokes oral traditions to promote Afghan literacy

Photo Courtesy Of Booksforafghanistan.org

Children in Afghanistan are learning to read, thanks in part to the efforts of Hoopoe Books, a Los Altos-based non-profit group.

A grant from the U.S. government and the work of a Los Altos-based non-profit has enabled stories from Afghanistan’s centuries-old oral tradition to teach reading and thinking skills to U.S. children since 1998. Now the published stories are being employed for the same purposes in their country of origin.

In 1998, Hoopoe Books, a division of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, began publishing a series of illustrated children’s stories from the storytelling tradition of Afghanistan. To date, more than 600,000 Hoopoe books have been distributed in the U.S., used in schools and educational agencies across the country.

The popularity of the books in the U.S. led Hoopoe to launch a project, Books for Afghanistan, to repatriate the stories to Afghanistan, with a goal to develop the core skills in Afghan children and revitalize a storytelling tradition disrupted by more than three decades of conflict.

With the support of the Afghan Ministry of Education, since 2009 Hoopoe has distributed books and ancillary materials to libraries, schools and orphanages throughout Afghanistan in collaboration with the Khatiz Organization for Rehabilitation.

In summer 2010, Hoopoe’s Books for Afghanistan program came to the attention of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, resulting in a Public Diplomacy Grant award of $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of State to print and distribute more than 2.5 million books.

“Almost three-quarters of all Afghans over the age of 15 are illiterate – a disproportionate number of them female – and 5 million of the country’s 12 million school-age children have no access to education,” said Hoopoe Director Sally Mallam. “The need to increase literacy for all Afghans is vital as their country struggles to achieve stability, autonomy and peace, so there’s a huge amount of work still to be done.”

For more information, visit www.booksforafghanistan.org, email Mallam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 948-0243.

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