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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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Los Altos High boys beaten by Bells in Monta Vista Tournament title game


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Los Altos High senior Steven Garverick scored a team-high 58 points in last week’s Monta Vista Tournament.

With his Los Altos High boys basketball team facing a Bellarmine squad it stunned a month earlier, coach Bob McFarlane predicted that Saturday’s Monta Vista Tournament final would be a “slugfest.” He was right.

The Bells prevailed 49-46, avenging their 52-47 setback to the Eagles in the Cupertino Tournament. Los Altos fell to 8-5 overall; Bellarmine improved to 5-3.

The Eagles outscored the Bells by five points in the second half Saturday, but they were doomed by a slow start. Los Altos trailed 21-14 at halftime, limited to four points in the second quarter.

As they did throughout the tourney, Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini led the Eagles in scoring. Garverick totaled 17 points in the final and fellow senior Malgesini scored 16.

In Friday’s semifinal – a 67-42 rout of host Monta Vista – Garverick poured in 29 points

“He was an absolute beast, and they had no answers for him,” McFarlane said.

In Thursday’s 60-55 opening-round victory over Liberty, Malgesini tallied 25 points.

“He was unstoppable,” his coach said.

The Eagles are scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play 7 p.m. today at Milpitas.

In other boys basketball action last week:

• St. Francis remained perfect, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 50-42 Friday in nonleague play. The Lancers improved to 10-0. Christopher Lewis paced St. Francis with 16 points.

• Pinewood went 3-0 to win the Head Royce Tournament. The Panthers edged the host team 38-36 in Saturday’s title game. Ryan Brice (nine points in the final) was named tournament MVP and Greg Naumann (eight) made the all-tourney team.

“Our guys have done a great job embracing the team concept aspect of basketball,” coach Mani Messy said.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to seven games with Friday’s 59-41 flogging of Fairfield.

Tied at 10 after the first quarter, the Eagles (8-3) took control in the second period with a 17-11 run and pulled away from there.

Rachel Glein led Los Altos with 15 points and Meghan McDermott added 13.

Opening the game with a 17-2 run, St. Francis made quick work of Washington Saturday. The host Lancers (7-4) prevailed 69-27 behind 17 points from sophomore guard Marisa Mondave.

Girls soccer

Los Altos played host Santa Teresa to a 1-all tie Saturday in non-league action.

Sophomore Stephanie Kouvelas scored for the Eagles (2-2-1).

St. Francis skunked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Friday, improving to 2-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2 overall.

Peyton Cassin notched three goals and an assist; Annie Kingman recorded two goals and three assists.

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