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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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Volunteer recognized for efforts at Day Worker Center

Photo Submitted Photo The Chamber of Commerce in Mountain View recognized Kathie Franger as a hero for her dedicated volunteerism at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View.

The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View honored the Day Worker Center of Mountain view as Non-Profit of the Year. The center and longtime volunteer Kathie Franger were recognized as heroes at the “Celebration of Heroes” event Nov. 5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

“Kathie has been an integral part of the center from our very beginning, always present, always punctual, always dedicated,” said Maria Marroquin, Day Worker Center executive director. “She cares deeply about the workers and has contributed thousands of hours of essential work to the center. She is our treasure.”

Franger said she has a strong interest in peace and justice.

 

“The Day Worker Center is a place where I can pursue justice,” she said. “It is a pleasure to connect with workers who are sacrificing so much to help their families, and with the wonderful volunteers and staff at the center.”

Franger said she became aware of the center through her church, St. Joseph’s of Mountain View.

The highlights of her work, she said, include driving the center’s van in the Mountain View Spring Parade; the center’s 10th anniversary celebration; the presentation of the center’s original, bilingual play, “La Espera,” performed by dayworkers; and marching with workers for immigrant rights.

Franger has lived in Mountain View for more than 50 years. She raised her children there and retired from the Mountain View Whisman School District.

The Day Worker Center of Mountain View serves dayworkers, employers and the surrounding community. The center aims to provide workers with a safe and supportive environment in which to find work and offer local employers a means to procure casual labor and household help. The center’s goal is for the community to benefit from a resource that promotes the integration, education and job-skill training of immigrants so that they can contribute more fully to the communities in which they work and live.

For more information, visit www.dayworkercentermv.org.

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