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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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Second-half surge powers Eagles past Spartans 53-38


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum shoots over Mountain View High’s Joey Williams in last week’s league game.

With each game, the Los Altos High boys basketball team looks more like the team to beat in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles’ biggest obstacle may be the Eagles.

“We’ve got the opportunity in front of us and we can play with anybody,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose team is off to a 5-0 start in league. “It’s just a matter of almost getting out of our own way at times and focusing on the team and what the team’s trying to accomplish.”

Last week’s 53-38 rout of rival Mountain View exemplified that. After a ragged first half in which they led just 21-20, the Eagles pulled away with an 18-5 third-quarter run Jan. 22.

“In the first half, we were kind of trying to get our own shots and weren’t really moving the ball,” McFarlane said. “As soon as we came out in the second half, we had nice ball movement and executed our plays and all of a sudden we had shots. We kind of caught fire and defensively played as a team versus individually.”

Mountain View scored first in the second half – on a putback by Joey Williams – but host Los Altos put up the next seven points. Joey Malgesini accounted for five of those points, starting with a top-of-the-key 3. The senior finished with a game-high 17 points.

“They run a zone (defense),” Malgesini said of the Spartans. “We had to adjust to that and find what looks we could get off of that because it’s very different and we’re not used to it. Once we did, we really started to execute and play our game – and it showed on the scoreboard.”

After Mountain View scored on two free throws by Kevin Ives (team-high 13 points) to cut the deficit to 28-24, Los Altos went on a devastating 11-1 run to close the quarter. Daniel Rosenbaum poured in nine points during the spurt, making a baseline jumper, three drives and a free throw. The junior finished with 12 points.

Ahead 39-25 entering the fourth, the Eagles maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Malgesini drained two 3-pointers – he made five in the game – and Lambie Lanman scored four of his seven points.

Steven Garverick totaled 15 points for Los Altos, seven of those coming in the first quarter.

The Eagles followed this win with another Friday: 53-43 at Homestead. Los Altos (13-5 overall) outscored the Mustangs 20-12 in the fourth quarter.

Malgesini tallied 19 points and Rosenbaum added 14.

The Eagles are slated to host Los Gatos – the only team they have yet to play in league – 7 p.m. today.

Mountain View, meanwhile, is scheduled to visit Saratoga at the same time.

The Spartans rebounded from the loss to Los Altos by topping host Palo Alto 35-31 Friday.

Mountain View held the Vikings to just eight points in the second half – and only two of those came in the final quarter.

Corey Fitz paced the Spartans with 10 points.

Mountain View improved to 2-3 in the De Anza Division and 6-11 overall.

“I think we’re competitive – more competitive than we look on paper,” Spartans assistant coach DJ Kobza said. “We’re a pretty scrappy team. I think we can be in the mix in league.”


2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School v. Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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