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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

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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Bayshore Christian Ministries plants seeds that bear fruit for years


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An afternoon visit to Bayshore Christian Ministries in East Palo Alto offers a walk in a garden of sorts. Staff and volunteers consider it their mission to till the soil, sow the seeds and water the plants – in this case, the 400 students who benefit from the nonprofit agency’s academic, spiritual and leadership programs.

Founded 28 years ago with the aim of bridging the socioeconomic chasm between the affluent Palo Alto and the more diverse East Palo Alto communities, Bayshore Christian Ministries opens its doors to children, providing a refuge in a busy world for students who may come from single-parent families, struggle in school or simply seek a warm welcome from the staff.

“It’s so fun to be here,” said Nancy, 11, a fifth-grader who attends the KidSmart program on weekdays. “Since I started coming, I’ve done better in school. I like it.”

The organization offers activities for youth of all ages, from elementary school to post-college, including after-school tutoring and literacy, Bible clubs, summer enrichment programs, community service projects, sports, arts, business and technology. As children progress through the program, Bayshore Christian Ministries adds a leadership and discipleship component that challenges teens to grow in their faith and become “servant leaders.”

“We don’t want people to think about the negative when they think of East Palo Alto,” said Executive Director Rolando Zeledon. “These are amazing kids. We’re walking alongside them – not ahead – so that at the end of the day, they want to give back. We’re planting seeds of responsibility.”

The KidSmart program, managed by Diana Liggs, caters to children in elementary school, who receive homework assistance, play outdoors, indulge in a nutritious snack purchased from Second Harvest Food Bank and are exposed to music and the arts. Participants receive individual help with their homework, often targeted, thanks to guidance from teachers at the students’ respective schools. Parents must volunteer in some capacity with the program and pay a nominal fee on a sliding scale.

“Our approach is holistic and relational,” Zeledon said. “Our core is spiritual, but we also equip students academically and with life skills. We try to expose them to other experiences to broaden their outlooks.”

Donations from last year’s Holiday Fund enabled Bayshore Christian Ministries to expand its KidSmart program to meet the growing demand – participation has burgeoned 36 percent over the past year, reaching an all-time high. This year’s grant, according to Zeledon, will allow the organization to winnow its waiting list and accept more children.

One of the great joys for staff, Zeledon said, is seeing alumni walk back through the door to serve as interns at Bayshore Christian Ministries or to tell tales of their successes in the community.

Bayshore Christian Ministries has scheduled an open house 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Potential volunteers are invited to attend.

Tony Velasquez, Bayshore Christian Ministries intern, works with a student in the nonprofit organization’s after-school KidSmart program. Courtesy of Bayshore Christian Ministries

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