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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


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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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

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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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GERHARD GUSTAV THIEM

OBIT GerhardThiem

Gerhard G. Thiem, a resident of Los Altos since 2002, passed away on December 31, 2013. Born on September 8, 1919, in Langenbielau, Germany, Gerhard’s entry through Ellis Island in 1922 was almost denied due to malnutrition and rickets. With his parents, the late Gustav and Clara Thiem, he settled in Lawrence, MA, where his brother, the late Walter Thiem of Athol, MA, was born in 1926.

He attended Lawrence public schools through his junior year and completed high school at Philips Academy, in Andover, MA. He graduated from Harvard University with BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1941 and 1942, respectively. During World War II, he designed military aircraft engines in Hartford, CT, and then in Buffalo, NY, where, during a church youth group scavenger hunt, he met Beverly J. Recktenwalt. Gerhard and Beverly wed on November 2, 1946. In 1954, Gerhard relocated his family to West Springfield, MA, for a position with the Hamilton Standard division of United Aircraft (later United Technologies), in Windsor Locks, CT. Except for a short stint with Gilbarco (Exxon), Gerhard stayed with Hamilton Standard until his retirement in 1985. He and Beverly spent much of their retirement traveling with the warm weather in their truck-top camper. They enjoyed many state and federal parks throughout the country and compiled impressive life birding lists. They moved to Los Altos in 2002, and Beverly passed away in 2005.

During the 1980s, the air-conditioning and pressurization in most Boeing and McDonnell Douglas commercial aircraft was provided by the environmental control system (three-wheel machine) that Gerhard designed. In his parenting, Gerhard emphasized the importance of education and was pleased that this value was lived out by his children and has passed to his grandchildren.

He is greatly loved and survived by his daughter, Carol Schembri (Frank), San Mateo, CA; his three sons, Carl (Cindy), De Pere, WI; Curt, Los Altos, CA; and Craig (Susan), De Pere, WI; his grandchildren, Ashley Menning (Sam), Alex, Kate, Logan, Erica, Mike, Christopher, Eric, and Jacob; and his great-granddaughter, Ruby.

A memorial service for Gerhard was held on January 3. Interment followed at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto on January 6. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Pathways Hospice, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 or the Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022.

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