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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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Youth soccer player from Los Altos Hills earns chance to train in Spain for a year


Courtesy of Jackie Pynadath
Joshua Pynadath and his family plan to move to Spain next month so the 11-year-old can play on the Real Madrid’s Alevin A academy team for at least one year.

Joshua Pynadath’s recent trip to Spain wasn’t in vain. The Los Altos Hills resident performed so well in his second trial with Real Madrid that he was asked to join the famed soccer club’s academy program in the fall.

The 11-year-old and his family will move to Madrid at the end of August “to make Joshua’s dream happen,” his mother Jackie Pynadath said.

Thrilled to have the opportunity to turn that dream into a reality, Joshua intends to make the most of his yearlong commitment to Real Madrid’s Alevin A team.

“I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid,” he said. “They told me that I was the first American that they have ever accepted into their academy. I told them that I would set a good example.”

Joshua added that he’s been a fan of Real Madrid’s pro team since he took up soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo – the club’s superstar striker – is his all-time favorite player and someone he tries to imitate, according to Jackie.

Like Ronaldo, Joshua is known for his footwork. A highlight video of Joshua playing for the De Anza Force Soccer Club – which shows off his acute ability to dribble, pass and score – is what first drew Real Madrid’s interest a year ago. Club officials were so impressed with what they saw in the video, submitted by De Anza Force technical director Jeff Baicher, that they invited Joshua to train with the club during Thanksgiving week.

He played well enough to be invited back to Spain in the spring for an extended trial with Real Madrid and for an initial tryout with FC Barcelona, another world-renowned soccer club.

“I was really excited to get the news that Real Madrid was inviting me back for another trial. That meant there could be a real chance for me to make the actual Real Madrid academy team. The second trials are usually when they make the decision on if a player is good enough to join their team,” Joshua said. “I received another surprise when I found out that Barcelona was interested in taking a look at me as well.”

Joshua started his 17-day journey in Barcelona, where he admitted to being “a little bit nervous, since I don’t speak the language. But once the soccer started, I was fine.”

Joshua’s confidence seemed to grow with each session.

“I enjoyed my time at Barcelona,” he said, “and was happy to hear the coaches tell me that I was a very good player and that I improved every day of the trial.”

By the time he reached Madrid, Joshua felt right at home.

“The Real Madrid academy team and coaches seemed very excited to have me back,” he said. “It was like I had never left.”

He added that the second trial was even more intense than his first tryout with Real Madrid. Seeing action at striker, wing and halfback, Joshua trained with the academy team and scrimmaged with talented players from throughout Europe also vying for a berth on the squad.

“Both trials were very serious, as kids are fighting to either keep a spot or to earn a spot,” said Joshua, who just completed the fifth grade at St. Nicholas School. “It was a very good feeling to be able to play well against this top competition since the level and speed of play over there is amazing.”

Joshua’s stint included playing in a regulation match – and he didn’t disappoint.

“My biggest highlight of the trip was scoring a goal in a Real Madrid uniform in their match against another team,” he said. “That was a dream come true, and the team was so happy for me. I think they were even more excited than I was.”

Joshua hopes to score several more goals for Real Madrid in the next year.

“I can’t wait to get started over there,” he said. “They already have an amazing team that went 25-1 in their league, so I know that playing with them every day is going to make me that much better.”

Joshua and younger brother Jason – who will play on Real Madrid’s satellite team for his age group – will attend the American School of Madrid, according to Jackie. She expects the family to stay in Spain until at least next summer.

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