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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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Freestyle students talking eggs take animation film festival honors

Photo Photo Courtesy Of Freestyle Freestyle Academy students Irene Lee and Raime Shah, left, created an animated short film about eggs and their dreams, above. Their film took top honors in the under two-minute category.

Irene Lee and Raime Shah, Freestyle Academy students, recently won the Bay Street Animation Film Festival in the under-two-minute category for their production of a narrative animation about eggs.

Lee and Shah received $500 scholarships and earned $1,000 for the Freestyle Web program.

Their award-winning animation depicts eggs in a carton in a crowded grocery store explaining what they hope to be when they emerge from their shells. One egg wants to be a super-hero chicken, another wants to be the first chicken on the moon and the third wants to become a beautifully painted egg.

“We didn’t want to make a video that was too serious,” Lee said. “To me, animation is cute.”

The original assignment was to create an animation from one of the many narratives the Freestyle students were learning to write. The narratives could be on any topic, Shah said.

The two spent many hours after school working to perfect their project, Lee said.

Shah said that because they both worked so long and hard on their animation they thought, “Why not?” and entered the film in the fall festival for Bay Area students.

Animation executives from Pixar Animation Studios and Ex’Pressions College for Digital Arts judged the entries, separated into two categories based on film length: fewer than and more than two minutes.

Lee estimated there were approximately 100 entries in the fewer-than-two-minutes category.

“It feels nice to win,” Lee said. “It is nice to get recognition for (the film) from someone other than our teachers.”

Lee and Shah, both seniors, said they have benefited from their time at Freestyle. Lee plans to major in design in college. Shah, who said she is interested in majoring in biology, claimed the education gained at Freestyle would help her in the future.

Part of what lured Shah to Freestyle was “how different and innovative of a program it is.”

Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, available to Mountain View Los Altos Union High School students, is an alternative half-day instructional model which offers hands on, project-based and personalized learning though writing, digital photography, graphic design, Web production, audio engineering and digital film production.

For more information or to view the film, visit www.freestyle.mvla.net.

Contact Traci Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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