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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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LAH resident wild about spice business

Los Altos Hills resident Jane Evans recently decided to spice up her life by starting an at-home business.

The benefits go beyond making money. As a full-time caregiver for her husband, Henry, physically immobile due to a stroke, Evans became a representative for Wildtree Spices because she loves the healthful nature of the products and the company’s home-sales component allows her to hold parties and have fun.

“My husband is loving it,” she said. “I throw a tasting party and we see people we haven’t seen in years.”

Evans said she joined primarily because she appreciated the approach of Wildtree founder Leslie Montie of Rhode Island, who started the business in 1996 as a mother concerned about her children’s allergic reactions to conventional spices. The founding mission was to provide natural, nutritious, delicious and easy-to-prepare products.

“I was really touched by that story,” said Evans, who added that she has tried and enjoyed most of the 60-plus products offered, all certified organic and fat free.

She has hosted 40 tastings since starting the business in November. She has learned to tie items such as fresh rosemary, grapeseed oil and celery salt to a variety of healthful meals that prove easy to make.

Evans said Wildtree spices enhance meals that can be put on the table in 20 minutes or used in slow-cook items like spaghetti sauce. She also has conducted “freezer meal” workshops to demonstrate how to prepare meals in advance.

Although some home-based, direct-sales businesses don’t have the greatest reputations, Evans, a self-described skeptic, said she is completely sold on Wildtree.

“Wildtree has online training as well as help in all levels if you ever need to speak to a live person,” she said. “The support is amazing.”

Evans said the upfront costs are approximately $100 plus shipping, for a total of roughly $115.

“That’s the cost of a grocery bill,” she said. “If you find the business is not working, you can literally eat your starter kit since it’s all food products. … What I love the most is that it’s your own business. You can spend very little time on it or make it a career.”

Evans said her health has improved since starting the business.

“I went to the doctor and saw my cholesterol numbers coming down,” she said.

For more information, call 279-3768 or visit mywildtree.com/janespices.

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