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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


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
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

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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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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Honor Flight Network salutes vets with free trips to Washington, D.C., memorials


Photo By: Charles So/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Charles So/Special To The Town Crier

Paul McGrew, World War II U.S. Navy veteran, traveled with the Honor Flight Network to Washington, D.C., to view the memorial honoring his service.

The nonprofit Honor Flight Network provides trips free of charge for World War II veterans who have never visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The visit offers the veterans an opportunity to reflect on their contributions, perhaps for the final time.

Paul McGrew, a World War II veteran and Los Altos resident for than 50 years, recently took such a trip with Honor Flight.

McGrew, 88, joined the U.S. Navy when he was 19 years old. He served during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific on the Mindoro Islands in the Philippines.

During his service, McGrew saw action as part of the Aviation, Construction, Ordinance, Repair, Navy (ACORN) unit. An ACORN unit lands in potentially hostile territory and rapidly deploys radar and radio communications equipment, paving the way for an effective land-based operation.

The Honor Flight Network recognizes America’s veterans for their sacrifices, “paying a small tribute to those who gave so much,” according to the group’s website. Top priority is given to senior veterans – World War II survivors – and those who are terminally ill. Korean, then Vietnam veterans follow in sequence. The group salutes vets from around the U.S. with trips to Washington, D.C., to view their respective war memorials.

“Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation – and as a culturally diverse, free society,” according to a statement from Honor Flight. “Now, with over 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.”

Although nearly 70 years have passed since McGrew and his comrades fought in the war in the Pacific, the memories and camaraderie remain. He traveled with 31 other veterans from Northern California to the nation’s capital.

“I was so pleased, so happy and so delighted,” said McGrew of the trip. “It meant a great deal to everyone – a lot of the guys were very emotional.”

During the trip, McGrew said, the veterans were extended the utmost appreciation and respect.

“Senator Bob Dole was one of the greeters when we landed in D.C.,” McGrew said.

For more information, visit www.honorflight.org or www.honorflightnorcal.org.

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