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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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A pitch-perfect performance


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

St. Francis High pitcher Michael Strem threw a perfect game in the Lancers’ playoff opener against Monta Vista last week.

In last week’s Central Coast Section Division I playoff opener, Michael Strem pitched the first perfect game in St. Francis High baseball history. Now he wants to help the Lancers accomplish something they haven’t done in recent history.

It’s been 12 years since St. Francis last won a section title.

“At the start of the season, our goal was to win CCS,” said Strem, who needed only 66 pitches to complete his rare feat in the 2-0 win over Monta Vista May 15, “and we’re halfway there.”

Top-seeded St. Francis (27-4) can get a step closer to that goal with a win in today’s semifinal against No. 5 Palo Alto (18-15), scheduled 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.

Strem is scheduled to be on the mound for the Lancers, who beat Paly 3-1 Feb. 23. The senior, who didn’t pitch that day, expects the Vikings to be a formidable foe.

“They’re a good overall team,” he said. “We’ve got to play well to beat them.”

While the righty knows he can’t top his perfect game – the first of his baseball career – Strem said Sunday, “I’m ready to go.”

He made such quick work of 16th-seeded Monta Vista that his arm felt good enough to pitch in relief Saturday. He threw five pitches to get the final out in the 3-0 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Valley Christian. Starter John Gavin earned the win, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

Strem struck out eight in his gem, scoreless until the sixth. That’s when the Boston College-bound pitcher started thinking he could achieve perfection.

“I couldn’t really focus on it until we scored, which was a relief,” Strem said. “Taking the lead gave me more adrenaline because we were in position to win.”

Mark Cardinalli drove in both runs for the Lancers in a game Strem won’t soon forget.

“I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” he said. “It was special.”

Eagles ousted in opener

Although Los Altos didn’t go far in the CCS Division II playoffs – losing Thursday’s opener 10-0 at No. 5 Willow Glen – first-year coach Donnie Ecker said just getting there was an accomplishment under the circumstances.

“If you would have told me I was going to lose my three top pitchers – Lambie Lanman, Matt Bicker and Nick Ni – to season-ending injuries, and I was going to have one senior in our program, but (we) were going to make CCS, I would have said, ‘No way,” he said.

James Oleson took the loss for the Eagles (16-15), who totaled four hits, two by Steven McLean.

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