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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


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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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Eagles elevate play in girls water polo


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Starting the season with a series of lopsided losses might demoralize some water polo teams, but not the Los Altos High girls. Coach Seth Tasman believes the rough slate has only made the Eagles stronger.

“Our season is shaping up great,” he said. “We have played a lot of very tough teams, so our girls are getting great game experience.”

The Eagles – outscored by a combined 37-7 in setbacks to Davis, St. Francis and Gunn the first week of the season – more recently have looked like a team capable of contending in the SCVAL De Anza Division and the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“League-wise we are top three in our league and looking to make a deep run in CCS,” said Tasman, whose team improved to 3-2 in the division with Thursday’s 15-3 blowout of Lynbrook.

Seniors Casey Vanneman, Jenna Gavenman and Kimberlyn Tilley lead the Eagles (5-9 overall), according to the coach. Tilley and Gavenman are the team’s top scorers, and Vanneman tallied a game-high six goals in Thursday’s home win.

Goalie Romy Aboudarham “has been having an unstoppable season,” the coach said. The junior made 20 saves against Lynbrook and a career-high 27 in Los Altos’ 4-3 overtime win at Saratoga Oct. 1.

“She was league Most Valuable Goalie last season and looking to repeat that honor,” Tasman added.

Tilley tallied the game-winning goal against Saratoga – her second of the game. Gavenman scored the other two goals.

In other girls water polo action last week:

• Tied at halftime, Mountain View created separation from Wilcox with a five-goal third quarter in Thursday’s 11-8 road win.

“Senior Marian Strong scored two second-half goals to help the Spartans overcome a slow start,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose team improved to 4-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-3 overall. “Marian used her strength and speed both in transition and in the set offense to open things up for herself and her teammates.”

Samantha Hartman totaled five goals for Mountain View – the same number she scored in her team’s 16-5 rout of Santa Clara earlier in the week.

• St. Francis walloped Valley Christian 13-3 Oct. 2 to remain atop the West Catholic Athletic League. Courtney Batcheller and McKenna Yates scored four goals each for the Lancers.

Boys water polo

Mountain View opened the week by beating rival Los Altos and ended it with a loss to Gunn in De Anza Division action.

The host Spartans topped the Eagles 14-7 Oct. 1 behind six goals from Rey Castillo and five from Matt Dunn. Goalie Charlie Niehaus “had an all-CCS performance,” according to coach Gabor Sarusi, limiting Los Altos to two goals in the first half.

Ryan Seltzer totaled four goals for the Eagles.

In Thursday’s 10-5 loss at Gunn, Mountain View trailed 4-1 at halftime. The Spartans scored the first three goals of the second half, only to watch the Titans make the next three.

Alexander Paulsen totaled three goals for Mountain View (3-2 league, 4-5 overall).

Los Altos followed its loss to Mountain View with a nonleague setback to St. Francis Friday, 11-8. Sam Lisbonne scored three times for the Eagles. Sean Elmurib had four goals for the Lancers.

Earlier in the week, St. Francis defeated Valley Christian 12-10 in overtime. Shawn Welch led the Lancers with four goals in the Oct. 2 WCAL game.

Girls volleyball

Los Altos served notice that it is a viable contender for the De Anza Division crown, sweeping Los Gatos Thursday to improve to 3-0 in league. The host Eagles prevailed 25-21, 25-22, 27-25.

Carmen Annevelink notched 17 kills for Los Altos (14-2 overall) and Meghan McDermott added 11. Hanna Koehler tallied seven kills and 21 assists.

Two days prior, the Eagles swept Gunn behind Annevelink’s 12 kills and Michelle Albright’s eight.

Mountain View slumped to 0-3 in the De Anza Division after losing four-game matches to Homestead and Palo Alto last week. Rosa Lutz led the Spartans (2-10 overall) with 10 kills against Homestead Oct. 1; Maegan Nevalsky tallied a team-high 11 kills versus Palo Alto Thursday.

St. Francis (8-4 overall) opened WCAL play with a four-game setback to visiting Valley Christian Oct. 1.

Girls tennis

Los Altos edged above .500 in the De Anza Division by beating Gunn and Lynbrook last week. The Eagles topped Gunn 5-2 Oct. 1 and squeaked by Lynbrook 4-3 Thursday, improving to 3-2 in league and 6-4 overall.

Los Altos swept the doubles against Gunn and the singles versus Lynbrook. Kacey Incerpi, who played No. 1 doubles with Whitney Matthews the first match and No. 2 singles in the latter one, improved to 10-0 for the season. Singles player Carina Burdick also won twice last week to remain undefeated (9-0).

Girls golf

St. Francis won both of its matches last week, improving to 6-1 in the WCAL. The Lancers followed a 209-279 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral Oct. 1 at the Presidio with a 203-208 win over Mitty Thursday at Spring Valley. Nancy Xu earned medalist honors in the first match, shooting a 37 for the Lancers.

Cross country

St. Francis is off and running in the WCAL, as the boys and girls teams won Thursday’s first league meet of the year. The boys beat Bellarmine by 10 points for first place, while the girls clipped runner-up Mitty by two points at Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park.

Four St. Francis boys finished in the top 10: Gabe McLarnan (second, 12 minutes, 20 seconds); Xander Olivero (third, 12:33); Gaurav Begur (seventh, 12:52); and Aditya Mohan (10th, 12:56).

Freshman Julia Bounds won the girls race (13:59); fellow Lancers Melissa Seaman (15:07) and Gia Kim (15:10) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.


2013 girls water polo: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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