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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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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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Foothill vet tech program offers practical training with small pets


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A Foothill College veterinary tech student handles a recently treated rat at a previous small-pet surgical session.

More than 40 Foothill College students, one instructor and six Bay Area veterinarians are scheduled to perform small-animal surgeries on pets Sunday.

The surgeries will include spay and neuter procedures on rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and mice, as well as teeth trimming on rabbits and a chinchilla. The animals are all clients of the Bay Area-based North Star Rescue and the Cavy Care Guinea Pig Shelter & Sanctuary of Sacramento, both nonprofit organizations. The surgical services are not available to the public, nor can the college accept walk-in animal patients.

The team donates its services and expertise to help the more than 20 small animals become more adoptable.

The animals do not have owners. Event organizers hope that after the surgical procedures, people will adopt them. Many of the patients are rats discovered in the home of a hoarder.

“Veterinary technology is a hands-on job, and students must receive hands-on training to fully master the concepts we teach in the classroom,” said Foothill College Veterinary Technology instructor Sandra Gregory, R.V.T., M.Ed., who graduated from the Foothill Veterinary Technology program in 2001. “The more hands-on training they receive, the more qualified and confident professionals they’ll be when you and your sick or injured pet arrive at the veterinarian’s office.”

Under Gregory’s supervision and working with local veterinarians, the Foothill students from beginning to advanced levels will oversee numerous tasks at the event. Working as two-member teams, each pair will care for two to three animals during pre-op, operation and post-op phases.

“There are no other places that do what we do for small animals,” Gregory said. “There are many spay and neuter events for dogs and cats, but there is nothing like this for small animals at any other vet-tech school or university – nor is there a shelter that does surgeries on this level.”

The small-animal surgery experience is a unique learning opportunity for Foothill students. Participating in multiple surgical procedures is a rare experience that students can add to their professional resumes. In addition, the time students devote to the surgeries can be applied to the program’s required internship hours.

“Everyone benefits from this event – the rescue groups, the students, the animals and the veterinarians,” Gregory said.

If the animals were to undergo the operations at a shelter or private animal hospital, the costs could range from $100 to $300 per animal per procedure.

A combination of classroom lecture, lab assignments and on-site clinical experiences, the Foothill College Veterinary Technology program is one of seven such programs in California and the only one accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education & Activities.

Students who complete the 93-unit program earn an associate in science degree and are eligible for state licensing as a registered veterinary technician.

To be eligible for the two-year program’s admission process, students must complete general education and prerequisite courses.

For more information, visit foothill.edu/bio/programs/vettech.

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