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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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Montalban is a hit in her first year at Loyola Marymount University


Photo By: Courtesy of Hannah Montalban
Photo Courtesy Of Hannah Montalban

As a freshman at Loyola Marymount University, Hannah Montalban hit the first grand slam of her softball career.

The first grand slam of Hannah Montalban’s softball career came at an appropriate yet unexpected time for the Los Altos resident.

Midway through her first season at Loyola Marymount University, Montalban snapped out of a series-long slump with a shot over the right-field fence that cleared the bases and beat Bakersfield 7-6 in the second game of a doubleheader.

“It was unforgettable,” the Homestead High graduate said. “I was struggling at the plate the whole day and was so frustrated. I got behind in the count – I fouled off a few pitches – then I turned on (the ball) and hit it out. It felt like nothing. I didn’t believe it.”

That March 24 grand slam highlighted a season of surprises from Montalban.

Montalban never imagined she would post the squad’s second-best batting average (.328) and top the team in doubles (14) in her inaugural season at LMU.

“I didn’t expect to start as a freshman,” the rightfielder said. “There were 10 freshmen on the team, and I think half of them were outfielders. With so much competition, I knew there was no room for slacking off, and I worked hard so I could get on the field.”

Lions head coach Gary Ferrin took notice.

“Hannah came to us as a bit of an unknown,” he said. “I was sure she would fit at this level but was not sure where. She made an immediate impact with her hitting, and I knew early on we had to have her in our lineup.”

Montalban began the season on the bench, but less than a month later she was proving her worth as a pinch hitter on the Lions’ long trip to Florida in early March. Seeing action in 10 of her team’s 12 tournament games, Montalban batted .438 (seven for 16) and drove in four runs.

“The coach put me in as a pinch hitter, then I started at DH (designated hitter),” she said. “I was on fire from then on and the coach had to put me in the lineup.”

Ferrin soon found a spot for Montalban in right field, a position she wasn’t accustomed to playing. At Homestead, where Montalban made varsity as a freshman, she primarily played shortstop.

“I mostly played infield in travel ball, too, but some outfield,” Montalban said. “But when the (LMU) coach recruited me, I told him, ‘Put me anywhere you need me.’ I consider myself an outfielder now.”

Ferrin noted that it took Montalban “a while to be comfortable” in the outfield, but “she made great progress as the year went on.”

Montalban, who started 38 games, is already preparing for next season. Home for the summer, Montalban said she is working with a trainer and practicing on her own.

“Hannah’s main strength is her real self-confidence combined with her drive to succeed,” Ferrin said. “Now that she has a year under her belt, I expect great things from her going forward.”

So does Montalban, who wants to help LMU make the playoffs.

“We were two games shy of winning league,” Montalban said of the Lions, who went 16-8 in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference and 33-23 overall. “We definitely want to do it next year.”

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