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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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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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Community Briefs

Radio operators stage annual field day

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society has scheduled its annual Amateur Radio Field Day 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday in the field next to the Maryknoll Residence at 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos. Visitors are invited to attend the event noon to 7 p.m. both days.

Approximately 25 local operators plan to participate in this year’s exercise. Operators from five radio stations will attempt to make contact with as many amateur radio stations as possible throughout North and South America. Communication will be via voice, Morse code, radio teletype and digital packet radio.

Amateur Radio Field Day prepares operators for potential emergency situations. During the exercise, radio operators erect antennas, assemble radio stations and power up electric generators in an effort to stimulate emergency conditions.

Established in 1933, Amateur Radio Field Day has grown into an annual event that attracts more than 35,000 participants.

For more information, call Phil Hawkins at 279-7803, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit arrl.org or fars.k6ya.org.

Essays on equality win awards

The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley named the winners of its second essay contest on U.S. Constitutional principles, open to high school seniors in Santa Clara County. This year’s topic was “The difference between equal opportunity and equal results in America.”

Winners are Cupertino resident Anand Hemmady of Cupertino High School for his essay “Equality and Liberty in America” and San Jose resident Colin Aitkken of Leland High School for “Equality for All.”

The Conservative Forum presented each student with $1,000 at a June 4 ceremony in Mountain View.

To read the winning essays and for more information, visit www.theconservativeforum.com.

Lecture highlights Impressionist show

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “Impressionists on the Water” 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The lecture will highlight the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition that runs through Oct. 13 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

The exhibition explores nautical life through more than 80 paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir and Pissarro and Post-Impressionists including Denis and Signac, artists whose work reflects their understanding of and engagement with boating and competition.

For more information on the lectures, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

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