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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


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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Eagles no match for Menlo: LA boys fall 6-1 in section quarterfinals

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Joe Hu/Town Crier
Top singles player Denny Fafek was the lone Los Altos High player to earn a win against Menlo in last week's Central Coast Section quarterfinal match. The Eagles end the season with a 15-8 record.

The Central Coast Section didn't do Los Altos High any favors by changing the boys tennis playoffs from two divisions to one this year.

Had the 2006 format remained, coach Cuong Duong believes the Eagles would have made it back to the title match rather than lose in the quarterfinals.

"I think we would have met Bellarmine in the finals," he said after Los Altos exited the playoffs with a 6-1 setback at Menlo on May 7.

The Eagles faced the Bells in last year's Division I final and lost 4-3. This year, Menlo - a Division II team in 2006 - met Bellarmine for the title and won it.

Menlo has never been a good matchup for Los Altos. The Knights have won 11 of their last 12 meetings with the Eagles. Although Los Altos lost just 4-3 at Menlo April 18 in a non-league match, Duong said the result was misleading.

"They were missing three guys last time," he said. "All of them were there this time around."

Sixth-seeded Los Altos (15-8) was simply overmatched by No. 3 Menlo (19-3) last week. The Knights' six wins came in straight sets.

"They're just a better team," Duong said. "When we left, we felt we tried our best, but Menlo just beat us. They're deeper and played a better match."

Top singles player Denny Fafek saved Los Altos from being shut out. The senior prevailed 7-5, 7-5 to keep his perfect record intact.

"He played great - and on a really hot day when it was over 90 degrees," Duong said of the Fresno State-bound Fafek. "He just played his game."

The Eagles' No. 2 player, junior Jeff Liu, fell 6-1, 6-1.

"There were a lot of close points," Duong said, "but the score doesn't indicate that."

Junior Jonathan Tran and senior Mehran Umerani lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Los Altos has been particularly strong in doubles - all three teams won in straight sets against Harker in the second round of CCS - but didn't look like it against Menlo.

"That's our strength, but they're even better," Duong said of the Knights, who didn't lose a set in doubles in the quarterfinal.

The top team of seniors Morgan Moy and Nathan Manashirov came closest to beating Menlo.

"They played pretty well in the first set - it was 7-5 - then they lost 6-1," Duong said. "There were guys losing all around them and they didn't have the fight. When you see that, you don't have the energy to fight for each point."

Los Altos' other doubles teams - comprising senior Luc Bergevin and junior Camille Fritsch at No. 2 and freshman Charlie Bergevin and junior Hayden Smith at No. 3 - lost convincingly.

The season may have ended earlier than the Eagles had hoped, but Duong isn't too disappointed.

"I'm happy with the season, to get to the quarterfinals of CCS," he said. "The top four teams (moved on); I think we just weren't good enough to get there as a sixth seed."

Los Altos also finished second in the SCVAL De Anza Division and beat some ranked teams along the way.

The season may not be over for all the Eagles, though.

Fafek has qualified for the individual portion of CCS after winning the league tournament the last week of April. The CCS tourney is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Duong said Fafek may not compete, however, due to a conflict with a national tournament he has entered.

Two of Los Altos' doubles teams have a chance at making the individual tournament as at-large entries. Luc Bergevin and Fritsch placed second at the league tourney, while Moy and Liu placed third. Duong said he should know this week if either team qualified.

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