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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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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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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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Be an "upstander" and fight bullying

Kylie Akiyama is a sixth-grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills. Kylie’s teacher, Niki Mitchell, submitted the following sample of Kylie’s work.

Recently I read a short story, written by Ray Bradbury, titled “All Summer in a Day.” This short story began when a young, depressed girl named Margot and the rest of her class sat, staring out of their classroom window, waiting for the sun to come out after seven years of severe and crushing rain.

Margot warmly remembers the sun from five years ago on earth, but a jealous classmate shoves and taunts her while the rest of the class stands by, watching. In the spur of the moment, they all pick her up and shove her into a closet, just as the deafening rain stops, and the sun shines once more on Venus. The students play outside in the sunshine for two hours without a thought toward Margot, until it starts raining again and they suddenly remember her in the closet, missing out on a one-in-a-seven-years’ chance because of their cruelty. In the end, they let Margot out, all of them ashamed and not able to make eye contact with one another.

I think that there should not be such a thing as bullying, and that there should be more upstanders to defy the bullies of this world.

The terms “upstander,” “bystander” and “bully” are used to describe the positions of the people when an occasion like a fight happens.

The upstanders are the people who stand up for someone being bullied. An upstander could defend the person in a conversation or somehow prevent a fight about to happen.

The bystanders are the people who watch as the bullying unfolds. Bystanders don’t intervene – unlike an upstander, they don’t even try to get help from a person of authority like teachers and adults.

Bullies are the people who usually start the fight and do the physical or mental bullying. Bullies can physically hurt someone or taunt and tease them. More often with girls, the bullying they do is mental. Boys are usually more physical, while girls talk behind others’ backs and judge others based on looks and clothes.

In “All Summer in a Day,” there are many instances of obvious bullying. For example, near the beginning of the story, William, the main bully, tells Margot: “Speak when you’re spoken to.” William then rudely shoves her. In that instance, an upstander could have told William that Margot didn’t need to talk to him, or that he was being mean. Plus, the bully accused Margot of lying about the sun coming out, saying, “It was all a joke, wasn’t it? Nothing’s happening today. Is it?”

As he taunts her, the other students are being bystanders and reply to him by laughing and shaking their heads, but not intervening. At this point, an upstander could have stepped up and said he/she believed what Margot said. William continues bullying because no one is standing up for Margot.

William says, “All a joke!” After roughly taking hold of her, he says, “Hey, everyone, let’s put her in a closet before the teacher comes!” An upstander would have stepped in between William and Margot before he had a chance to pick her up.

Another choice for an upstander would be to go and get the teacher so that she could stop the boy from throwing Margot into the closet. After they lock her in a closet, the teacher comes back and asks if everyone is there. The class says “yes” and walks out into the sunlight. If an upstander did not want to get involved when they put Margot in the closet because he or she were scared of being harmed, then he or she could say to the teacher that the rest of the class pushed her into the closet. This way, an upstander would not be in any physical danger but would still notify the teacher about the bullying.

I think that bullies everywhere should realize that what they are doing is wrong. I believe that bullying is horrible and cruel, and everyone should have someone to stand up for them.

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