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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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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 edges Burlingame in lacrosse

In what Mountain View High boys lacrosse team coach Joe Juter described as “a barn burner of a game,” the Spartans extinguished Burlingame 6-5 April 17.

After its two-goal lead dwindled to one late in the game, host Mountain View went on the defensive.

“It was defense – 100 percent,” Juter said in explaining how the Spartans held on for the win. “Our goalie (Matt Ford) was fantastic.”

Offensively, Mountain View employed a balanced attack to beat Burlingame. Kyle Arrillaga and Grant Wineman scored two goals each; Bryce Joerger and Nico Nagle added one apiece.

The victory boosted the Spartans’ record to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division. With five games remaining, Mountain View is tied for third place; the top four teams make the league playoffs.

“It’s all very tight,” Juter said. “A lot of scenarios can play out.”

The Spartans missed the playoffs last season for the first time. They qualified the previous three years, reaching the final twice.

Baseball

Los Altos struggled against Saratoga last week, losing the two league games by a combined 23-9.

After falling 17-9 in the series opener April 17, the Eagles were blanked 6-0 Friday at home. Los Altos slumped to 5-7 in the De Anza Division and 10-11 overall.

The Eagles tallied 10 hits in the first game, which included a two-run homer by Steven McLean. Daniel Pefley notched three hits and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of Trevor Rogers.

Saratoga (8-4 league, 14-7 overall) limited Los Altos to three hits Friday.

St. Francis won its three games last week to keep pace with Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League. Both teams are tied atop the standings at 9-1; St. Francis improved to 22-1 overall.

The Lancers routed Riordan 9-0 April 16, mauled Mitty 14-3 Friday and slipped by Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-1 Saturday.

Tyler Deason earned the save Saturday – his fourth of the season – and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Richard Boe (2-0) earned the win.

St. Francis’ 14 hits Friday included a homer by Timothy Susnara and two doubles each from Champi Lucca and Michael Strem, the winning pitcher.

Softball

Santa Clara had more hits, but Mountain View scored more runs in last week’s road win. The Spartans prevailed 9-5, raising their record to 4-3 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-9 overall.

Mountain View scored the first nine runs of the game – starting with five in the third inning – and withstood a late surge by the Bruins, who outhit the Spartans 10-8.

Winning pitcher Athena Bolin (5-4) went the distance, surrendering three earned runs. She also drove in a run. Nicole Nakahama went 2-for-2 (both doubles) with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

St. Francis belted three home runs and pasted Presentation 7-1 in WCAL play April 16.

Amanda Delfino, Carolyn McGuire and Lauren Wahler homered for the host Lancers (4-3 league, 11-9-1 overall). Jackie Hinojosa went 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Madison Chandler (3-1) added two hits, one a double.

Pinewood routed Immaculate Conception 16-1 April 16 behind the arm and bat of Morgan Tomberlin, whom coach Megan Finney dubbed “player of the game.” Tomberlin struck out four batters on the way to earning the win and was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Angelina Mapa added a homer, while Juka Kim and Eri Yoshimoto both doubled.

The Panthers improved to 3-1 in the West Bay Athletic League.

Boys tennis

Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens avenged his lone loss of the season, beating Menlo senior William Boyd in last week’s rematch of the WBAL’s best singles players. Owens prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 at Menlo.

Panthers coach Craig Corfield described Owens’ April 16 effort as a “huge win.”

It was also Pinewood’s lone win against first-place Menlo.

Los Altos swept the singles in beating Palo Alto 6-1 April 16. The Eagles won all four singles matches in straight sets, with Anthony Bello prevailing 6-2, 6-4 at the top spot and Spencer Simonides winning 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.

Visiting Los Altos’ lone loss in the De Anza Division match came at No. 2 doubles. The Eagles’ top duo, Braden Holt and Christian Beck, triumphed 6-4, 6-4.

Los Altos improved to 13-3 overall and 9-2 in league.

St. Francis defeated Riordan 6-0 Thursday in WCAL action. Neel Ramachandran triumphed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Golf

Led by Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan, Menlo topped Pinewood 196-201 April 17 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Medalist Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights (8-0).

Boys volleyball

Mountain View clobbered King’s Academy 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 Friday to remain undefeated. The Spartans boosted their record to 8-0 in the De Anza Division and 22-0 overall.

Kurt Dentinger notched nine kills and six aces for Mountain View, while Alec McDonald posted five kills, three blocks and three aces.

After a three-win week, upstart Los Altos improved to 8-2 in the El Camino Division. The Eagles, in their inaugural season, are in a three-way tie for first place with two weeks left in the regular season.

In between sweeps of Santa Clara and Sacred Heart Prep last week, Los Altos (8-6 overall) defeated Wilcox in four games. Freshman setter Nathan Smith recorded 41 assists in Friday’s win at Santa Clara, while Ian McColl added 14 kills and “two huge blocks,” coach Dave Radford said.

St. Francis toppled visiting Sacred Heart Prep 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 Thursday behind 21 kills from Jeffrey Castello. The Lancers improved to 8-3 in the WCAL and 19-8 overall.

Swimming & diving

The St. Francis girls suffered their first loss of the season, while the boys glided past Mitty Thursday in a WCAL meet.

The Lancers lost 94-92 on the girls side and prevailed 131-19 on the boys side. Both St. Francis teams went to 4-1 in league.

The boys won 10 events, with Benjamin Ho and Curtis Ogren each contributing to four of them. Ho finished first in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, Ogren won the 200 individual medley and 500 free, and both boys swam on the victorious 200-medley and 400-free relays.

Courtney Batcheller led the girls, winning the 50 free and swimming the first leg of the Lancers’ triumphant 200-free relay team.

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