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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

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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Mtn. View, St. Francis boys fall in CCS semis


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

Mountain View’s Keenan Zucker tries to beat a Menlo-Atherton player to the ball in the first round of the CCS playoffs.

The fifth-seeded Mountain View High boys soccer team ran into a wall in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals: Alvarez goalie Eddie Martinez.

“We had many opportunities, but their goalie had a fantastic game,” Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said. “He was clearly the difference in the game as we just couldn’t get one past him and we lost 1-0.”

Fourth-seeded Alvarez (19-2-0) scored off a corner kick in the final minute of the first half of Saturday’s game at Gunn.

Although “pretty much the entire second half was played in (Alvarez’s) defensive half of the field,” McGuirk said, Mountain View (16-3-3) couldn’t capitalize.

While the season ended sooner than the Spartans would have liked, their coach was proud of what they accomplished. Mountain View won the league title for the fifth consecutive year,

“I think we exceeded every goal I had set out for this team considering we only had three returning starters,” McGuirk said.

The Spartans opened the playoffs with a 4-1 home win over Menlo-Atherton Feb. 20. They led 2-0 at halftime on headers by Gabe Quintela and Jake Caccamo, with assists from Cameron Lesslie and Josue Aguilar, respectively.

Quintela also scored in the second half, this time with his foot, as did Chris Barnes.

The Bears didn’t breach the goal until the game’s closing minutes – on a penalty kick.

“Our defense of Travis Pinkner, Keenan Zucker, Logan Allen and Justin Ruweler kept M-A at bay all day,” McGuirk said.

Lancers lose on PKs

St. Francis, the third seed in Division I, fell to No. 6 Lincoln on penalty kicks Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Lincoln outshot the host Lancers 4-2 on PKs after the teams ended regulation and overtime tied at 1.

St. Francis finished the season with an 11-4-4 record.

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