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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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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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Blach Falcons soar once more


Photo By: Courtesy of Steve Kane
Photo Courtesy Of Steve Kane

Several Blach Intermediate School track and field athletes excelled this season. Sitting, from left Sophie Link, Allie Coyne, Mae Hubel and Gabi Joffe. Kneeling Leah Lam, Cole Corsiglia, Rohan Sarathy, Joshua Rowsey, Chris DeVincenzi, Melaid Imanian and Rachael Estell. Standing Juan Ibarra, Rohan Kapur, Avery Deaton, Hailey Marent, Max Elder, Ty Salkoski and Jai Austin.

In keeping with tradition, Blach Intermediate School recently completed another successful season in track and field.

The Falcons never have the biggest team, but they continue to thrive in their league and beyond.

Blach went undefeated in dual and tri-meets this year, with the eighth-grade girls winning the Valley Junior High School Athletic League championship meet as well. The Falcons claimed eight events at the league meet and three at the county championships.

Blach athletes also set school, county and league records.

“We had a good year,” co-head coach Steve Kane said. “We did very well.”

While the Falcons didn’t win all four divisions (seventh-grade boys, seventh-grade girls, eighth-grade boys and eighth-grade girls) at every dual and tri-meet, they scored enough points collectively to come out on top. Blach went 5-0 in the regular season, beating a combined eight league teams.

Then the Falcons’ eighth-grade girls dominated their division at the league meet in Mountain View before finishing fourth at the 40-school county championships in San Jose.

“They were a very good team,” said Kane, who shares coaching and athletic director duties at Blach with Pat Koren.

Rachael Estell won the 100-meter dash at the league and county meets to finish her junior-high career undefeated in the event. She set the county record for seventh-graders a year ago.

“Rachael is a top-notch runner,” Kane said. “She’s one of best girls to come through Blach, as far as sprinters go.”

The Mountain View High-bound Estell also ran on Blach’s 4x100 relay team, joining forces with Hailey Marent, Leah Lam and Sophie Link to win the league title. A bad pass at the county meet prevented them from placing at county, according to Kane.

Marent competed in the 65-meter hurdles as well, taking third at the league and county meets.

Avery Deaton won the shot put and discus at the league meet and placed second in the latter at the county championships.

“She’s a strong athlete,” Kane said.

Allie Coyne contributed to the cause at the league meet, finishing third in the 800 and 1,600 runs.

Coyne wasn’t the only Blach girl to excel in the 800. Seventh-grader Gabi Joffe finished the season as league and county champ in the event. Her time of 2 minutes, 25.33 seconds was good enough to set a county-meet record.

“She ran away with it,” Kane said. “She’s a tough runner.”

Teammate Mae Hubel took home top honors in the shot put and discus at league. The seventh-grader was third in the discus at the county meet.

“She’s a good athlete who threw very well for us this year,” Kane said.

Blach’s seventh-grade boys team featured Cole Corsiglia, who won the 100 dash at the league and county meets. His county time of 11.73 set a meet and school record.

“He worked on his starts and came out of the blocks fast,” Kane said of Corsiglia, who was undefeated this year. “He led from start to finish and shaved a half-second off his (personal record).”

While Corsiglia was the only seventh-grade boy from Blach to shine at the county meet, a few others performed well at the league meet. Hunter Slimak finished second in the discus and the 4x400 relay team of Joshua Rowsey, Rohan Kapur, Juan Ibarra and Chris DeVincenzi took third.

Several of the Falcons’ eighth-grade boys collected awards for their efforts.

Rohan Sarathy claimed the 65 hurdles at the league meet and was leading the race at the county championships before clipping a hurdle. That caused him to fall and break his wrist, according to Kane.

“That was too bad,” the coach said of Sarathy, who set the school record in a regular-season meet with a 9.29. “Rohan is a good kid and a solid athlete. He’s not tall, but he makes up for it in form – his form is flawless.”

The 4x400 relay team of Ty Salkoski, Max Elder, Jai Austin and Melaid Imanian won the league and county championships. The relay set a meet record at the league finals, clocking a 47.56.

“That was a solid team record,” Kane said. “We didn’t have a top sprinter, like Cole (Corsiglia), but they ran well together.”

The relay team’s only loss of the year came to rival Egan in a dual meet, but the Falcon foursome avenged it in the postseason.

Elder and Salkoski proved adept at the long jump, too, excelling at the league and county meets. Elder won the event at the league finals and Salkoski finished second. A week later, Salkoski claimed the county championship and Elder came in third.

Salkoski jumped a school-record 19 feet at the county meet.

“That was the biggest jump I’ve ever seen at Blach,” said Kane, who has coached at the school for 24 years.

Fellow relay member Austin added a third-place finish in the 100 dash at the league meet.

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