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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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Lancers face familiar foe in final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis halfback Alex Andrighetto races to the end zone as Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst watches from the sideline. Andrighetto rushed for three TDs and intercepted a Chryst pass Friday.

The St. Francis High defense held Keller Chryst – one of the area’s top passers – in check to easily defeat Palo Alto in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal game.

Winning the final will likely require doing the same to one of the section’s best runners – Los Gatos’ Joey Wood.

In a rematch of last year’s title game, the defending champion Lancers are set to take on Wood and the Wildcats 7 p.m. Saturday at Campbell’s Westmont High.

“I’m super excited to play them again,” said St. Francis’ standout running back/defensive back Alex Andrighetto, whose team prevailed 17-0 a year ago on a wet Westmont field. “There’s a rivalry with Los Gatos.”

The top-seeded Lancers and No. 2 Wildcats are both 9-3 and coming off blowout wins. St. Francis pounded Paly 45-21 Friday night, while Los Gatos mauled Menlo-Atherton 35-6 behind Wood’s 213 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Andrighetto’s effort wasn’t too shabby, either. The senior made a rousing return from the shoulder injury that had sidelined him for three games.

Andrighetto rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns, punctuated by a 54-yard scamper midway through the third quarter that put his team up 35-21 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point.

“I’m feeling great – especially after that win right there,” Andrighetto said when asked how his shoulder held up in Friday’s home game.

Andrighetto made an impact on defense as well, intercepting a Chryst pass in the second quarter. The Stanford University-bound senior tossed another interception on Paly’s next drive, this one snared by safety Conor Thane.

“We picked off a great quarterback a few times,” Andrighetto said. “We took it as a personal challenge – a DI (college) quarterback coming into our stadium – and we didn’t want to lose.”

Chryst – who threw for five touchdowns a week earlier in the Vikings’ playoff opener – had his struggles against a stingy St. Francis defense. He finished 15-of-34 passing for 291 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first half. The Lancers sacked Chryst three times and broke up six of his passes.

Chryst wasn’t helped by his ground game; Paly rushed for -5 yards Friday. The quarterback accounted for the Vikings’ longest run of the night – a 10-yard scramble in the fourth quarter.

St. Francis, meanwhile, had little trouble running the ball. Behind its big and physical offensive line, the team rushed for 362 yards on 57 carries.

Andrighetto wasn’t the lone Lancer to surpass 100 yards on the ground. Halfback Landon Baty totaled 121 yards, scoring on a 28-yard run on St. Francis’ first play from scrimmage. The senior broke through the middle and high-stepped into the end zone.

Baty fumbled on the Lancers’ next drive, however, and Paly (6-6) scored six plays later on Chryst’s 71-yard bomb to Eli Givens.

St. Francis produced the next two touchdowns on 5-yard runs by Andrighetto to lead 21-7 early in the second quarter.

But the Lancers fumbled the ball away on their following two possessions and the fifth-seeded Vikings took advantage of the second one. Chryst connected with Keesan Johnson on a 28-yard pass into the left side of the end zone. The extra point cut St. Francis’ lead to 21-14 with 1:56 remaining in the half.

That turned out to be plenty of time for the Lancers to respond. Less than a minute later, quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie completed his lone pass of the night (he only threw three) to receiver Trillion Hebert for a 68-yard score.

St. Francis’ 28-14 lead didn’t last long. Paly’s Malcolm Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

That’s as close as the game would get. The Vikings mustered only one first down in the second half, while St. Francis added touchdown runs by Andrighetto and Devin Hurtado, along with Fordham’s field goal for good measure.


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Palo Alto High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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