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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

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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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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County recognizes Teachers of the Year

The Santa Clara County Office of Education recently named its 2013 Teachers of the Year, selected by their respective school districts. The county also announced the recipients of the 2013 Texas Instruments STEM Teaching Awards.

Teachers of the Year

• The Los Altos School District recognized Egan Junior High School science teacher Curtis Schneider, who initiated and organizes the student-staff golf tournament and the student-teacher chess tournaments each year. Principal Brenda Dyckman said Schneider is “outstanding and revered.”

• The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District selected Barbara Kaufman, a physical education teacher at Mountain View High School. Kaufmann is nationally board-certified and a member of the Mountain View High leadership team.

• In the Santa Clara County Charter School category, Bullis Charter School recognized teacher Jessica Lura. Lura has taught eighth-grade English and history at the charter school for eight years. Sharing the ideal of global citizenship is particularly important to her, as she spent time studying abroad in Denmark, Kenya, Costa Rica, Trinidad, Ecuador and India.

STEM Teaching Awards

For their efforts in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, five county teachers, including two from local schools, each received $1,000 for classroom use.

• The county honored Gina Dunsmore, who teaches physics at Mountain View High, for her contributions to STEM education. She conducts a Walk on Water event annually, which requires students to use their knowledge of physics, design process and teamwork to engineer a device that enables them to walk or crawl over the surface of the school’s pool without the use of propellants or paddles.

• The county recognized Noirin Foy, who teaches algebra at Blach Intermediate School.

“(Foy) seamlessly incorporates technology into her instruction and student experience,” said Blach Principal Sandra McGonagle. “From mind-mapping how to solve challenging equations to creating personal online study guides, students are exposed to a wide variety of tools that individualize their learning and teach skills they can use in high school and beyond.”

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has scheduled its 44th annual Teacher Recognition Celebration Sept. 26 at the Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

For more information, visit www.sccoe.org/trc/teachers/2013.asp.

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