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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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Guy Shoup House earns landmark status: Two-story home on University Avenue receives historical desig


Photo By: Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Marlene and Del Beumer, above, received Historical Landmark status from the city of Los Altos for their University Avenue home.

Although it took Los Altos residents Del and Marlene Beumer only a few minutes to add their thumbprints and signatures to a document designating their University Avenue home a Historical Landmark June 27, the couple said the achievement was nearly a century in the making.

The story begins in 1915 when a two-story, Mediterranean-style residence at 452 University Ave., designed by architect Warren Skillings, reached completion on a site nestled between Adobe Creek and the old Southern Pacific railway line – known today as Foothill Expressway.

Adhering to the popular style of the day, the home includes a facade of asymmetrical windows with few embellishments and a stucco finish. In addition to the architecture itself, the original owner of the home – Guy Shoup – is an asset to the home’s value.

While serving as vice president and general counsel of Southern Pacific Railroad, Shoup helped found the Rotary Club of Los Altos and Los Altos Union Church. Wander no farther than Shoup Park to appreciate the enduring legacy of Shoup and his brother Paul, considered the “Father of Los Altos.”

The home’s age and architecture qualify the structure as a Historical Landmark, but according to the guidelines of Los Altos’ Historical Preservation Ordinance, the role that Guy Shoup played in the town’s early days further underlines the importance of preserving the property. The home is the 104th in the city granted Historical Landmark status by the Los Altos City Council and its Historical Commission.

Marlene said she and Del feel more like caretakers of the property because they purchased the Guy and Adelle Shoup House from the original owners’ daughter. Maintaining the landscaping as close to its original design as possible, the Beumers view the recent landmark designation as a way to preserve the home. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is currently on the market as the Beumers look to downsize.

Future owners might also reap the benefits of a property-tax reduction that enables money to be reinvested into preservation or restoration of a home so designated, but the Beumers note that the classification is more about “keeping the history of the community relevant” than any financial gain.

“It protects the house so that more people realize its importance,” Marlene said.

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