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News

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

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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Partners for New Generations provides role models for students


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

De Anza College freshman Axel Cipres Perea, left, meets with her Partners for New Generations mentor, Sue Russell, for advice and encouragement. Cipres Perea is the first in her family to attend college.

When Axel Cipres Perea fell behind in her schoolwork at Alta Vista High School last year, mentor Sue Russell of Partners for New Generations was there to encourage her.

“Sue has always motivated me to do what I have to do,” Cipres Perea said. “She always pushed me to do my schoolwork first.”

Russell’s cheerleading helped Cipres Perea achieve new heights as the first person in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. She is now a freshman at De Anza College.

Russell and Cipres Perea met through Partners for New Generations, a Rotary Club-sponsored nonprofit organization that provides volunteer mentors for students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and tutors in the elementary and intermediate grades in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

Mentors provide more than motivation to students – they serve as role models, supporters and listeners.

“With Sue, I can talk to her about anything and she won’t judge me,” Cipres Perea said. “I feel different with her. It is nice getting to know someone else who isn’t in your family. A mentor is someone who can listen to you any time you need.”

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from the relationship.

“It’s a good feeling to have someone call you for advice,” said Russell, who has volunteered with Partners for New Generations for eight years. “Your mentee likes to see you and talk to you because maybe they can’t talk (the same way) with a parent or teacher. Everyone likes to feel appreciated or needed in some way.”

Partners’ tutors receive the same satisfaction.

A decade ago, empty-nester Wally Brunner sought a way to give back to the community. The former teacher turned to Partners and has tutored the same student for six years.

“It’s just been a terrific experience for me,” she said. “It makes my day. My student is so sweet, and I don’t have a daughter – she’s become a real friend.”

Not all tutors remain with their students for multiple years; many specialize in one grade level and help different students each year.

Donations from the Town Crier Holiday Fund will help underwrite the salaries of Partners’ three part-time coordinators, who help match mentors and students.

Those interested in becoming a mentor or tutor are invited to the Information Night, scheduled 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High.

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