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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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Pinewood senior goes in front of the camera on 'First Cut'

Getting tossed around by professional wrestlers, hobnobbing with Hollywood stars and attending theater openings is all in a day's work for 17-year-old Jon Chu, who is a special corespondent on the award-winning teen magazine show, "First Cut."

The Los Altos Hills resident made his television debut as the show's special correspondent in August, after being selected from among more than 150 other hopefuls.

Chu said he has always enjoyed being in the spotlight, but believes he was chosen as a corespondent for being a "computer nerd."

"I think I stood out because I'm weird," he said. "I just love computers."

Chu has even incorporated his portable computer, named "Devito," into the weekly show as his sidekick.

Producer Bertrand Pellegrin said Chu's computer knowledge was a bonus, but he selected Chu because "he is very charismatic and seemed like the right person."

Produced by the Special Projects unit of NewsCenter 4, the San Francisco-based show features news, music profiles, and technology and fashion stories by an all-teen reporter staff.

Since its premiere in 1993, the show has earned numerous awards, including two Emmy Awards.

Chu, who has filmed five episodes, is the special correspondent for the show's three-minute "Launch Pad" segment, in which he interviews musicians, celebrities and athletes one-on-one in the studio and also goes out into the field.

Chu said filming short segments is no easy task. Because the staff doesn't usually edit the final take, the three-minute interview has to be shot over if anyone makes a mistake, he said.

Chu said a 10-second spot can take up to 45 minutes to film.

"It's really hard because I'm just beginning," he said. "Everyone is watching you and telling you about all of your faults. It's a lot of pressure."

Chu said to alleviate any awkward moments with his guests, he wears a microphone in his ear as a security blanket and the producers discreetly coach him on what to say.

Chu said filming the show once a week, keeping up on current news, fulfilling his role as associate student body president at Pinewood School and maintaining his grades involves "lots of hard work and late nights."

Chu said he plans to pursue a career behind the camera as a producer. He is already a professional filmmaker who produces short films in his home studio for local companies and organizations, Chu said.

"First Cut" airs at 4 p.m., Saturdays on KRON-TV, channel 4.

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