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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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Behind the business: Stylist teaches the art of a chemo coverup


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Los Altos stylist Sarah Zebb offers makeovers and lessons for women like Cindy Dang, who is undergoing chemotherapy.

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Zebb has styled hair and makeup for decades locally, and over the years her understanding of who sits in the salon chair has changed.

“Over 30 years doing hair, I lost clients to cancer – some of them going through chemo. I feel like with my job, I’ve got to help somehow,” she said. “For me, working with hair, I see a lot – maybe more than normal people, because I’m in this business.”

Once or twice a month Zebb heads to Stanford Hospital and other treatment centers to give makeovers and teach women trade secrets to coping with skin changes and hair loss.

Zebb went to the Veterans Administration Health Care System’s Palo Alto campus last week to beautify Cindy Dang, a veteran who was getting married while undergoing cancer treatment.

“She served our country, I wanted to make her feel good for her wedding that day – I wanted to do my part for her,” Zebb said.

She volunteers for a program administered by the American Cancer Society, Look Good, Feel Better. In addition to providing haircuts and makeovers, Zebb brings makeup kits to give away and offers tutorials on how to paint over some of the treatment’s pernicious physical effects. To fundraise for the program, offered free to participants, Zebb is harnessing her scissors and blow driers for an event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. From her chair at Voila Salon at 221 State St., Zebb will offer haircuts and blow-outs, with all proceeds going to the Look Good, Feel Better program.

“The whole thing is to put a smile on their faces,” she said. “Things like this show community, the support – that we all have to get involved and help. Everybody is touched by this, not just one person.”

Women and men undergoing cancer treatment don’t just shed hair and eyebrows – their skin tone and coloring can change, and days spent at war with their body can affect how they feel about their look. One woman told Zebb that going through chemo treatment itself hadn’t been as bad as losing her hair and eyebrows.

“A lot of these women come in – they don’t even wear makeup, but because they’re going through treatment they want to wear it – it makes them feel better. Self-image and self-esteem is so important for women,” she said.

Participants can experiment with wigs, hats and turbans, pick up tips from other women getting the training and learn advanced eyebrow art. Eyebrows can be a particular sticking point – many women don’t have experience drawing in faux brows, and a hat can’t mask their loss, Zebb said.

Next week’s fundraiser isn’t the first time she’s touched locks in Los Altos with an eye to cancer fundraising – you may have seen her set up outside Starbucks a few months ago, chasing donations with the offer of a bright-pink extension, tied into your hair while you wait.

For more information, call Zebb at 823-2441 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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