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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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Logan's run of records may not be over yet


Courtesy of Mark Logan
Los Altos High graduate Paige Logan, left, is closing in on Caltech’s record for career kills in volleyball. She holds two school records in track and field, shot put and hammer.

Paige Logan’s days of being a three-sport athlete are over, so the Los Altos native intends to make the most of the two she will play in her upcoming senior year at Caltech.

Logan, who had to give up basketball last year due to concussions, aims to add to her list of school records in track and field and leave her mark in volleyball as well.

The Los Altos High graduate said she is “close to breaking a couple of career records in volleyball” at Caltech, an NCAA Division III college in Pasadena. Ranked second all-time in kills and blocks, Logan is optimistic about reaching the top spot in the former.

“I’ve been playing middle blocker and some back row,” she said. “Next year I may play outside hitter and get a few more kills.”

The team captain led Caltech in kills (159) and blocks (53) last fall and finished fifth in digs (33). Logan was one of the few bright spots on a squad that had little to cheer about last season. The Beavers went 0-17 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 1-21 overall.

“Winning one (match) was actually good,” she said. “We didn’t win any my sophomore year.”

Logan’s spring track season proved more fruitful as far as wins go, though most of them came individually in the shot put, discus and hammer events.

That success hasn’t swayed her to favor track over volleyball.

“They’re pretty even – I like doing both,” Logan said. “Volleyball is great – I like the team aspect. Track is a team sport, too, but it’s nice to have results depend on you.”

Logan holds two of Caltech’s throwing records and is closing in on another. She reset her shot put record four times last season – it now stands at 41 feet, 9 inches – and heaved the hammer a school-best 138 feet. Logan is within 2 feet of her goal to set the school record in the discus and wants to shatter her hammer mark.

“I want to break 150 in the hammer,” she said. “I’m trying to go from two to three spins, which should add considerable distance to my throws.”

Free throws, however, are something Logan no longer has to concentrate on. She was forced to give up basketball her junior year after suffering a fourth concussion.

“Four is more than enough,” said Logan, concussed three times on the basketball court and once while snowboarding with the basketball team. “But it’s hard to give it up, because I’ve played basketball a really long time.”

Logan added that she began wearing a padded headband for volleyball last season to help prevent further concussions.

“It’s not too bad,” she said of the headgear.

Logan will need that noggin to fulfill her academic goals. A double major (geophysics, environmental science and engineering) on track to graduate next spring, Logan said she wants to pursue a doctorate in physical oceanography or a related field.

Boasting a 3.6 GPA, Logan earned SCIAC scholar-athlete awards for volleyball and track her junior year.

“That was cool,” she said. “I won it last year as well and forgot about it.”

Logan is spending the summer as an intern at a marine science institution in Massachusetts. There will be no time to return home – her fellowship ends Aug. 23 and volleyball practice starts three days later.

But that’s OK with Logan, who doesn’t care much for downtime.

“I get antsy,” she said.

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