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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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Los Altos High trio qualifies for national track meet


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Danny Yeager placed first in the decathlon at the Region 14 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, scoring a personal-best 6,113 points. He is headed to the national meet next month, along with his younger brother Brian and Kelly McConnell.

The track and field season came to an end nearly a month ago for most members of the Los Altos High team. Kelly McConnell and brothers Danny and Brian Yeager are still at it, though, and recently extended their seasons another month.

The trio has qualified in the decathlon for next month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The decathlon comprises 10 events, including runs, jumps and throws.

The Yeagers and McConnell – representing Los Altos-based track club Fox Athletics – advanced by placing first or second in their age groups at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympic Multi-Events meet held June 15 and 16 in Rocklin.

Danny, who graduated from Los Altos in May, won the Young Men Division (ages 17-18) and incoming senior McConnell finished second. Brian, entering his junior year, placed first in the Intermediate Boys Division (15-16).

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-bound Danny scored a personal-best 6,113 points in the decathlon at the regional meet.

“Danny made nationals last year in the decathlon, but this year I hope he can get on the podium and earn All-American honors,” said Dave Barth, who coaches track for Fox Athletics and at Los Altos High. “I believe he is very capable.”

Brother Brian isn’t as experienced in the event, but he has proved to be a quick study.

“We had to twist Brian’s arm a bit to get him to try a decathlon, (and) sure enough he goes out there and he wins it,” Barth said. “Both Yeager boys are such incredible athletes with lots of raw talent. They will continue to get faster and stronger in future years.”

For McConnell, it took a second-day surge – the decathlon is a two-day event – to seize runner-up status at the regional.

“After Day 1, Kelly was in fifth place,” Barth said. “However, he took it one event at a time and we knew that he had a good shot of moving up in the rankings since Day 2 of the decathlon consists of hurdles, throwing and the 1,500, which are geared toward Kelly’s strengths.”

Next comes the national meet, slated July 22-28 in Greensboro N.C.

“We now have a month to work on some of the boys’ weaker events to get them prepared for North Carolina,” Barth said last week. “These guys probably practice four or five of the 10 events consistently, so with lots of focus on technique, they may be able to improve upon their marks quite a bit come mid-July.”

For more information on the upcoming national meet, visit usatf.org and click “Events/Calendar.”

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