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November 25, 2022
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Tau, Stefanopoulos lead Los Gatos cross country teams to SCVAL De Anza Division titles

Led by standouts Aydon Stefanopoulos and Sophie Tau, the Los Gatos High boys and girls cross country teams won Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division championships at Crystal Springs in Belmont on Nov. 1.  The boys had a low score of 37 points...

Participants of Community Police Academy reach finish line

grad shakes chief's hand
It was the day after retired Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Sgt. Tam McCarthy helped lay a long-time cop, John Pernick, to rest. So on Oct. 27, as he gave an address at a much more celebratory gathering—the inaugural Los Gatos Community Police Academy graduation—he...

Sahr’s Passages: How did a man from a prominent Sierra Leonean family end up homeless in Los Gatos?

Sahr Fania in downtown Los Gatos
He has much in common with other residents of Los Gatos: He’s a veteran who grew up in a family with mining interests overseas. He’ll buy you a cold drink on a hot day. When he’s offered a free beer at the bar he...

Kiwanis brings Halloween to hospitalized children

Trunk or Treat
On Oct. 22, to get into the holiday spirit, Los Gatos Kiwanis headed to Campbell for a “Trunk or Treat” event at CHoNC Pediatric Hospital, dressing up the back portions of vehicles with spooky decorations. It all went down in the parking lot of...

Sheriff Laurie Smith announces immediate retirement

Laurie Smith
The jury is still out, but Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith decided she didn’t want to wait for a verdict that could have forced her removal from office, announcing Oct. 31 she was resigning immediately. “This letter is to notify you of my retirement...

Los Gatos High boys water polo team earns first CCS Open Division berth in program history

After a riveting 11-10 win over Gunn High in the third-place game in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division tournament on Oct. 29, the Los Gatos High boys water polo team is ready to make some noise in the upcoming Central...

Los Gatos girls water polo dominates SCVAL De Anza; CCS Open Division up next

Having already made some history, the Los Gatos High girls water polo team looks to take its season into rarefied air. The Wildcats are 26-1 entering the upcoming Central Coast Section playoffs after running the table in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s De Anza...

In first meeting back in person, Council agrees to delay decision about housing-focused referendum

council begins
Los Gatos’ first in-person Council meeting in a year brought out a full house on Oct. 18, as members debated what to do about a referendum brought by a group concerned with an increasing pace of residential development. While there was disagreement over how to...

Children lead environmental project in Plaza Park

camp clean-up
A few months back, neighbors Maggie Contro, an 8-year-old third-grader at Daves Avenue Elementary, and Arlo Britz, a 7-year-old boy a grade below, were sweeping her home’s porch, when they realized they were doing something worth scaling. Contro had been wanting to start some kind...

Campaign signs stolen; dirt bike “menace” (Police Blotter, Oct. 16-22)

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police shoulder patch
Police Blotter for the week of Oct. 16-22. Oct. 16 • Someone damaged a toilet on Miles Avenue. • Two juveniles were reportedly tagging street signs with graffiti on Hicks Road and Shannon Oaks Lane. Oct. 17 • A vehicle was burglarized on Blossom Hill Road. • Campaign signs were...