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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


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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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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Lancers fall to Falcons in NorCal semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier St. Francis High’s Khalil Johnson lays up a shot against College Park last week. The senior scored 20 points in the loss.

Fans of the St. Francis High boys basketball team left last week’s playoff game disappointed, but not without being entertained.

College Park edged the host Lancers 85-82 in a Northern California Division II semifinal played at the pace of a video game.

The teams, which combined for a whopping 57 points in the sizzling second quarter, gave the enthusiastic, near-capacity crowd plenty to cheer wildly about March 12. Tenth-seeded St. Francis (14-17) scored more points than it had in any game this season, but No. 11 College Park (26-5) of Pleasant Hill did just enough to overcome that by making pivotal plays when it mattered most.

“We shot the ball extremely well and it seems like on any other night we would have won by 20 with that kind of scoring,” St. Francis guard Nicholas Keyes said. “But they shot equally as well, if not better, and we could have just as easily lost by 20. But we didn’t – we stuck with them the whole time.”

The back-and-forth, up-and down contest featured 11 lead changes, six ties and a bevy of big shots – from dazzling drives to game-turning 3s.

“It was exciting and fun to watch,” St. Francis coach Mike Motil said. “Both teams had a hard time defending each other and both teams made a lot of shots.”

The Lancers shot 48 percent from the field – just 1 percent lower than the Falcons – and set a season high for 3-pointers.

“If you would have told us we would make 17 3s and lose, I would have told you, ‘No way,’” Motil said.

St. Francis opened the fourth quarter with a top-of-the-key 3 by forward Mike Lauck that put his team ahead 64-62. At the five-minute mark, the Lancers matched their biggest lead of the night, 74-68, on a drive by Keyes.

College Park scored eight of the next nine points, however, going ahead on guard Mikey Eggleton’s 3. The Lancers tied it at 76 on a free throw from guard Khalil Johnson, who scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth, but they failed to recapture the lead over the final 3:18.

It didn’t help that St. Francis played most of the fourth quarter without Khalil’s twin brother, Khalid. The standout point guard aggravated a nagging ankle injury two minutes into the period and didn’t return until 1:22 remained.

“We hung in there without our leader for the last five minutes of the fourth quarter,” Motil said. “Our kids did a really good job.”

Thirty-four seconds before Khalid removed the ice pack from his ankle and returned to the game, Khalil drilled a falling-back 3 that cut the Falcons’ lead to 81-79. But the Lancers’ next two possessions ended badly (turnover and air ball) and College Park extended its advantage on a dagger 3 by guard Seb Flores, who just beat the shot clock.

“We had opportunities,” Motil said. “We just didn’t convert, and they did.”

Down 84-79 with 15 seconds to play, St. Francis missed another 3-point attempt. College Park grabbed the rebound, leaving the Lancers no choice but to foul to stop the clock. Eggleton made one free throw for the last of his game-high 24 points.

Khaild buried a 3 in the final second to finish with 11 points. Guard Brycen Carbonel also scored 11 points for St. Francis – eight of them in the first quarter – and Lauck totaled 19.

The season didn’t end the way the Lancers had hoped, but Keyes said he’s proud of what they accomplished. After a rough start and a second-to-last-finish in the West Catholic Athletic League, St. Francis won the Central Coast Section Division II title and came within one win of the NorCal final.

“I had a great time with my teammates this year, and although it was a tough season at times, we all really turned it into one of the best seasons I could ever ask for,” he said.

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