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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


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
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

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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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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Lancers claim another CCS crown in gymnastics


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

Melissa Seaman was one of four St. Francis gymnasts to win an event at the CCS meet.

The St. Francis High gymnastics team didn’t quite reach its goal of posting the best score in school history at the Central Coast Section championships, but the Lancers did forge new ground in winning the meet.

Although St. Francis has captured all four individual events at CCS before, last week marked the first time a different member of the team won each of them. Kelsey Celaya claimed the vault, Abby Purnell won the uneven bars, Tessa Divita finished first on the balance beam and Melissa Seaman took home top honors on the floor exercise May 15 at Gymtowne in South San Francisco.

“We’ve never done that before – have a different girl win each event,” said coach Lynn Horiye, who guided the Lancers to their 14th consecutive CCS crown and 18th overall. “I don’t know if it’s ever been done.”

Dominating with depth, St. Francis posted a team score of 152.250 – just 0.250 shy of its best showing at CCS. Runner-up Lowell totaled 147.50; Los Altos finished fourth at 141.525.

“We had a good meet,” Horiye said. “The girls wanted to (make school history) and were a little disappointed that they didn’t, but the judging is harder at CCS.”

Yet three Lancers notched their best scores in winning individual events at the meet: sophomore Celaya on the vault (9.825), freshman Divita on the beam (9.7) and sophomore Purnell on the bars (9.9). Freshman Seaman’s 9.8 on the floor was just 0.10 off her top score of the season and 0.25 better than runner-up Alicia Woo of Tracy.

The only thing the Lancers didn’t win at CCS was the all-around title, which went to Lowell’s Jolie Chiu (38.550). Purnell placed a close second (38.525).

“She had her best meet,” Horiye said.

Seaman took third (38.350) and sophomore Celaya came in fifth (38.150).

Mountain View’s Elaine Silverman finished sixth with an all-around score of 38.0, while teammate Emilia Mancilla placed 15th (36.175). One of the Spartans’ four gymnasts scratched on the vault, which prevented them from placing in the team competition, according to coach Shannon Thoke.

Kelli Yamaguma led Los Altos, tying Mountain View’s Elizabeth Murray for 17th (35.850).

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