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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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MV's Celan advances in CCS tennis; season ends for Foothill teams

Mountain View High’s Iva Celan was the lone local girls tennis player to advance beyond the opening round of the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament.

The unseeded junior bowed out in the quarterfinals of the singles competition, held Nov. 22 and 23 at Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos.

Celan defeated Santa Teresa’s Najah Simmons, also unseeded, 6-3, 7-6 in the first round. Celan next faced third seed Giannina Ong of Menlo, who prevailed 6-2, 6-4.

“Iva had a couple of chances to even the match up at one set each,” Mountain View coach Frank Smyth said. “She went up 4-2 in the second set but then lost four straight games as Ong closed out the match.”

Mountain View’s other representative in singles, sophomore Vivian Li, lost quickly to Mitty’s Mariska Chamdani. Smyth said unseeded Li “started slow and never got into the match” against No. 4 Chamdani, who won 6-1, 6-1.

St. Francis’ Mary Kloss lost her opener in straight sets as well. Top seed Crystal Yen of Saratoga beat the unseeded sophomore 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles, the Lancers’ unseeded duo of freshman Paulina Bajet and senior Angela Pratt lost in two close sets. Sixth-seeded Logan Finnell and Anna Romeka of Stevenson beat them 7-6, 6-5.

Women’s soccer

Foothill’s season ended in the second round of the NorCal playoffs with a 1-0 loss at American River Nov. 23.

“We had a few very good chances but couldn’t put it away,” said Owen Flannery, whose Owls edged Skyline by the same score in the first round.

Women’s volleyball

Foothill lost in four games at Santa Rosa Saturday in the second round of the NorCal playoffs, 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 17-25.

In opening-round action Nov. 23, Foothill swept visiting Butte 25-18, 25-23, 25-23. Noel Kwalick notched 14 kills for the Owls and Angie Larsen had 14 digs.

Women’s water polo

Foothill finished fourth at the state championships Nov. 20. The Owls lost 8-4 to American River in the third-place game.

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