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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

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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Los Altos doubles team successfully defends CCS crown


Photo By: Bill Wong/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Bill Wong/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos tennis players Spencer Simonides, left, and Anthony Bello flank coach Bill Wong after they won the CCS doubles title.

Height is not only helpful in basketball, but also in tennis – as Los Altos High’s Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides proved last week.

The 6-foot-4 Bello and 6-5 Simonides used their superior size to repeat as Central Coast Section doubles champs.

“When the oppositions started to lob, they managed to hit overheads away with their height advantages,” Eagles coach Bill Wong said.

Bello and Simonides – who played No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, during the regular season and team playoffs – didn’t lose a set in the CCS individual tournament, held May 14 and 15 at Imperial Courts in Aptos.

In the final, the top-seeded seniors defeated Valley Christian’s Bryce McElvie and Bernardo de la Cabada 6-4, 6-2.

“They both served and volleyed well (May 15),” Wong said of his players, both headed for Pomona College in the fall.

Boys volleyball

That midseason sweep of Mitty didn’t do much for Mountain View in last week’s rematch with the Central Coast Section Division I title on the line.

The Monarchs brought out the broom May 14, stunning the top-seeded Spartans 28-26, 25-19, 26-24 at Independence High.

In comparing this match to the previous meeting, Mountain View coach M. Anthony Chen said, “the last time we came from behind twice to pull out the victory. This time, on a bigger stage, it was Mitty that executed.”

Logan Allen was the lone Spartan to reach double digits in kills, totaling 10; Ryan McLaughlin was next with eight.

Chen, who goes by MAC, said the match “came down to executing.” After failing to close out the tight first set, Mountain View struggled in the second until making a late run that proved too little, too late. The Spartans fell behind in the third set as well, but rallied to take a 24-20 lead. They then missed a serve that would have clinched the game, and second-seeded Mitty reeled off six straight points for the win.

“Yes, (it was) a tough, frustrating loss, but it does not diminish how proud I am of my boys and their efforts this season,” said MAC, whose team lost for only the second time this year.

But the season didn’t end there for Mountain View. The Spartans (28-2) qualified for the inaugural Northern California playoffs, scheduled to begin Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline).

Golf

After back-to-back second-place finishes, Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan is shooting for first in the final two postseason events of the year.

“One of my goals entering high school was to win each level – the CCS regional, the CCS championships, NorCal and state,” said the Menlo School senior, who tied for second at the section championships last week and at the regional the week before. “I’ve won the first two (last year), and now I hope to win the last two.”

The first of the remaining tournaments – the Northern California championships – was scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson.

While Buchanan, who has battled a back injury the past month, wouldn’t guarantee a win, he expected to at least qualify for the state championships. The top nine individuals and top three teams advance to the tourney, slated June 5 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“Normally, anything under par (is good enough to qualify), and I feel pretty confident I can do that,” he said. “But I want to go as low as possible to see if I can win it.”

Buchanan, who declared his back “fully healthy,” shot a 2-under-par 69 at the CCS championships May 14 at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel.

“I hit the ball pretty consistently, but I didn’t putt that great,” he said. “It was a good round, but I can definitely improve for NorCal.”

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