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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

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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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Local Author Spotlight


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In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Study Smart, Study Less’ (Ten Speed Press, 2011)

By Anne Crossman

“Study Smart, Study Less” is a humorous and practical guide designed to help high school and college students improve their study skills.

Based on mainstream theories of memory and the brain – as well as Crossman’s experience as a student at Stanford and Duke universities, a public high school teacher and a college instructor – the book attempts to fill a critical gap in the education system by providing students with a foundation of solid study habits on which to build a lifetime of learning.

Crossman’s handbook of wisdom turns complex techniques of pedagogy and psychology into child’s play – the only puzzle left for the student is deciding whether to play Twisted Twister or Paper Flaps, two of more than a dozen study games outlined in the book.

Students identify their personal learning strengths from four distinct study types so that they can work within those strengths. They are then equipped with the tools they need to study creatively, have fun in the process and become eager learners.

Students can learn how to stay focused, design a successful study group and use doodles and colored markers to take better notes. The fundamentals of learning are included, along with nuggets of insight on unsuspecting grade killers.

“Study Smart, Study Less” offers no boring fill-in-the-blank exercises or soapboxes – just a fast, effective study guide that makes lifelong learning fun.

Crossman is a Los Altos resident.

To purchase “Study Smart, Study Less,” visit www.annecrossman.com.

‘True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat’ (Eshagh Malek, 1994)

By Irandokht A. Malek

The late Irandokht A. Malek loved “Robaiyat.” A native Persian, she memorized all of Khayyam’s quatrain before the age of 5.

As she matured and studied different languages, Malek became deeply annoyed with the fanciful notions attributed to Khayyam by his various translators. As a result, she spent 20 years creating a new translation.

In the book, Malek dispels the idle, drunken, epicurean image that many readers have come to associate with Khayyam. She reveals the dignity of the poet as scholar and philosopher and discloses the authentic text of this mystical poet of the Islamic world. In Persian culture, Khayyam is considered a highly advanced religious teacher, and his quatrains are revealed as inspired Sufi scripture.

The renowned Persian miniaturist Mehdi Taheri created 11 exquisite color illustrations for this edition.

The author’s son, Los Altos resident Isaac Malek, published the book.

To purchase the “True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat,” visit www.amazon.com.

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