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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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Noteworthies

Steven Closs of Los Altos received a bachelor's degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Md.

Akila Kadambi, a seventh-grader at Pinewood School, won first prize at the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Champions for her science fair project, "Lead and Arsenic Levels in Playground Equipment of Different Neighborhoods." She was also nominated for a Discovery Channel award and received a check for $100 from the American Chemistry Association.

Lisa Battle, a Los Altos High School graduate and senior theater major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., starred in "Matt & Ben" in May. The play is about actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and their success with the film "Good Will Hunting." In the play, Damon and Affleck are played by women.

Fifth-grade St. Nicholas student Alyssa Wemyss has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Wemyss will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next April to earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States' most prominent monuments and institutions. Wemyss was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

Rahul Desirazu, a fifth-grader from Los Altos, shared top honors in the K-5 championship section of the 31st National Elementary (K-6) School Chess Championship held in May in Denver, Colo. He received the second-place trophy on tiebreaks, scoring 6.5 points out of a possible 7. Nearly 2,000 children in grades K-6 from all over the country participated in the annual contest. Roughly 300 children competed in the K-5 championship section. Desirazu is a student at Harker School in San Jose.

Andrea Lock Chin of Los Altos will attend the University of Southern California this fall as a trustee scholar. The Trustee Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition award established by the Board of Trustees at USC to recognize extraordinary academic achievement and student leadership. Chin was also accepted into the USC Honors Core, the Thematic Option Honors Program and the school's recently formed College Honors Society. Andrea will graduate from Castilleja School in Palo Alto this month.

Madeleine Baldwin, a four-year starter for Homestead High School Varsity Volleyball, will attend Connecticut College, New London, Conn., in the fall.

Matthew Robert Weiden of Los Altos has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The society is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students.

At the Sixth District Santa Clara County PTA Annual Meeting May 19, Barbara Emerich Scholarships were awarded to Nell Redaniel and Matthew Chin, seniors at Mountain View High School. The scholarship, which honors Emerich's service to youth and work in the California PTA, is given to two students each year to support their pursuit of careers in teaching or counseling.

Homestead High School student Victoria Eunyoung Park and Los Altos High School student Julie Walz were among the 11 graduating seniors honored with scholarships from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Silicon Valley. This is the third year Coldwell has awarded seniors in their Path to Excellence Program. Through the program, each student receives $2,000 upon enrollment in an accredited four-year university.

Eighth-grade Graham Middle School students Blair Bacsi, Emily Fisher, Lauren Fisher and Ellen Shen were awarded the Gold Medal Award at the California Association for Music Education State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Sacramento on May 13. The award was given to the quartet for its superior ratings in all categories: intonation, tone, rhythm, technique, interpretation, balance and other factors.

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