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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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LA lacrosse team rolling toward playoffs


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Los Altos High’s AJ Guralas, left, has totaled 17 goals in the past three games.

All those goals the Los Altos High boys lacrosse team has scored lately – 53 over the past four games – haven’t gone to waste. The Eagles won every game and find themselves on the verge of making the league playoffs.

“We have been on a roll,” coach Greg Mengis said.

The latest victory – 14-11 over Woodside April 23 – guaranteed Los Altos its third consecutive winning season and put the team in prime position to secure one of the two playoff berths granted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

“This win puts us in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot,” Mengis said, “as we control our own destiny with two league games remaining.”

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Carlmont Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) in what the coach called a “giant contest” and close the regular season 4 p.m. today at home against Saratoga.

In the win over Woodside, “AJ Guralas dominated with a monster game,” Mengis said. The sophomore tallied eight goals and three assists. Bailey Thayer and Cam Putnam chipped in two goals each.

Boys tennis

Dominating doubles, Los Altos clipped Cupertino 4-3 April 22 to end the regular season.

The Eagles swept the doubles – with Braden Holt and Christian Beck cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the top spot – and received their other win from No. 3 singles player Ovi Fritsch.

Visiting Los Altos improved to 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division, good enough for second place.

Two days later, Eagles Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides combined forces to win the league’s doubles championship for the second straight year. The win qualifies the seniors for the CCS individual tournament.

The same day at the West Bay Athletic League individual tourney, Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens claimed the singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Crystal Springs Uplands’ Connor Soohoo.

Baseball

St. Francis scorched St. Ignatius 12-1 April 23. The visiting Lancers boosted their record to 10-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 23-1 overall.

Winning pitcher John Gavin improved to 9-0. Kort Peterson went 2-for-3, belting a home run and a double. He drove in three runs and scored three times.

Snapping a three-game losing streak, Los Altos edged host Gunn 2-1 April 24. James Oleson pitched a complete game for the Eagles, surrendering seven hits and setting down the Titans in order in the seventh inning.

Patrick McColl scored both runs for Los Altos (6-7 De Anza Division, 11-12 overall). Max Wilbur added a double.

Behind Josh Rose’s one-hitter, Pinewood beat Crystal Springs Uplands 5-0 April 23. Rose struck out five batters and walked four. He also scored a run.

Ryan Knotts contributed three hits and two runs for the visiting Panthers, while Oscar Fick produced two hits and two RBIs.

Pinewood went to 2-3 in the WBAL and 7-6 overall.

Softball

Led by Lizzy Beutter, visiting Los Altos topped Los Gatos 6-1 Thursday in De Anza Division play. Beutter pitched a three-hitter to earn the win and collected two hits.

The Eagles improved to 7-2 in league, 15-7-2 overall.

Boys volleyball

Mountain View rebounded from its first loss of the season – St. Francis swept the Spartans April 22 – by beating Los Gatos in four games. Kurt Dentinger notched 10 kills and four blocks for Mountain View in the April 24 road win.

The Spartans improved to 9-0 in the De Anza Division and 23-1 overall.

St. Francis followed the win over Mountain View with a sweep of Serra in WCAL action April 23. Steven Dinneen posted 11 kills for the visiting Lancers (9-3 league, 21-8 overall).

Golf

Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan shared medalist honors in leading Menlo to a 198-201 victory over Sacred Heart Prep April 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf Club.

Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights, who completed an undefeated WBAL season.

Swimming & diving

Los Altos’ Austin Campitelli finished second in girls diving April 24 in a tri-meet against Monta Vista and Saratoga. She earned a score of 205.95. Teammate Lindsay Emrick placed seventh (164.5).

On the boys side, Eagles Miles Contreras (165.1) and Jacob Behar (90.45) took second and third, respectively.

The St. Francis girls routed Notre Dame-Belmont 144-34 Thursday, while the Lancer boys swam past Serra 119-66.

Courtney Batcheller and Florina Yang led the girls – winning individual and relay events – and Benjamin Ho paced the boys with victories in all four races in which he competed.

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