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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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Town Crier Holiday Fund tops $55,000 with three weeks to go

The holiday spirit is alive and well in the Los Altos area. Readers have already made contributions to the Town Crier Holiday Fund in excess of original goals.

As of this press date, the fund had $55,000, well beyond publisher Paul Nyberg's original goal of $50,000 for the first-ever Town Crier Holiday Fund. A new goal of $60,000 has been set for Jan. 10.

The Los Altos Community Foundation has partnered with the Los Altos Town Crier to be the fiscal sponsor, assuring tax-deductible status for all donations. All administrative expenses are covered by the Town Crier, so that 100 percent of the money raised goes to programs for needy families and children in Santa Clara County. Target recipients are agencies or organizations that are underfunded and doing hands-on work with the needy, especially with families and children, Nyberg said.

"Donors have said that it is our special group of small organizations that has encouraged them to give," he said. "Most gifts range from $25 to $100, although 100 shares of Cisco stock have come from one anonymous donor and $10,000 was added last week by the Homer Family Foundation of Atherton."

Among the fund's beneficiaries are: Truck of Love, which provides food and clothing for the homeless and helpless; Mother Branch, who offers food for the hungry; Career Closet, offering clothing and career support for unemployed single moms; Help One Child, which provides foster parents recruitment and support.

Other recipients include: Bay Shore Christian Ministries, which provides after-school tutoring in East Palo Alto; a dental voucher program through the Community Services Agency; Community Homeless Alliance Ministry; and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, which focuses on kids and families learning together.

The Town Crier Holiday Fund was launched with $26,000 in matching grants which means the first $26,000 in contributions were doubled. Matching grants came from Claudia and Bill Coleman; Nan and Chuck Geschke; the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation; the Bill and Gay Krause Foundation; Paul and Liz Nyberg; and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Contributors should make checks payable to the Town Crier Holiday Fund. They may be delivered in person or mailed to the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or contributed by phone with a credit card by calling Gail Vanderberg at the Town Crier office, 948-9000, ext. 335.

Stock gifts are also accepted.

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