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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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Eagles hold on, beat pesky Falcons by six


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum dunks on Saratoga in Friday night’s league game. The host Eagles prevailed 55-49.

For much of Friday’s boys basketball game, it was hard to tell the first-place team from the squad sitting at the bottom of the league. But as good teams often do, Los Altos High made plays when it mattered most and held off Saratoga 55-49.

Trailing by two at intermission after an erratic first half, the host Eagles outscored the Falcons 30-22 the rest of the way by making shots and stops at crucial times.

Los Altos’ big three – Steven Garverick, Joey Malgesini and Daniel Rosenbaum – combined to score 23 points after halftime and proved instrumental in stifling Saratoga’s offense.

“They came up big,” coach Bob McFarlane said of his trio. “They’re competitors and they went after it.”

Garverick finished with a team-high 19 points, Malgesini scored 13 and Rosenbaum added 10 – including the highlight play of the night.

With the Eagles leading 44-42 with 6:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rosenbaum faked out his defender and exploded to the rim for a dunk that ignited the nervous home crowd.

This prompted a Saratoga timeout, and the respite seemed to renew Los Altos’ defensive energy. The Eagles held the Falcons scoreless the next three minutes – the visitors missed five shots and committed two turnovers – while Los Altos extended its advantage to 49-42 on Thomas Kelleher’s baseline jumper, set up by Rosenbaum’s drive and dish.

Saratoga wouldn’t go away, however. The Falcons closed the gap to one by scoring six straight points, the final three on Michael Cole’s 3-pointer with 1:16 left. The Eagles struggled all evening to defend the crafty 5-foot-10 guard, who totaled 27 points.

“He hurt us last time, too,” said McFarlane, referring to last month’s 65-54 win at Saratoga. “We were well aware of him. He’s just a good little player.”

Malgesini responded for Los Altos, getting fouled on a successful drive down the middle. His free throw put the Eagles up 52-48 with 57 seconds remaining.

Cole cut the lead to three by splitting a pair of free throws with 26 ticks to go, and that’s as close as the Falcons would get. Garverick converted two foul shots with 16 seconds left – putting Los Altos ahead 54-49 – and Rosenbaum made another free throw with four seconds to play.

The win helped the Eagles’ ease the pain of their first league loss – 55-51 at Palo Alto two days earlier – and fortify their first-place standing. Los Altos improved to 7-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 15-6 overall.

“That was a tough loss and the guys were a little deflated,” McFarlane said. “This was a good one to get out of our system.”

The Eagles are two games ahead of Milpitas and Paly with four to play. Saratoga sits in last place at 1-8 and is 6-14 overall.

Los Altos is slated to visit rival Mountain View 7 p.m. today.

2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School vs. Saratoga High School -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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