Saratoga native, now a New York Times bestselling author

By Khalida Sarwari Training with world-class snipers by day, hobnobbing with Silicon Valley’s elite by night—it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. In Gregg Hurwitz’s case, there’s one more credential to add to that already impressive list: New York Times bestselling author. It’s a far cry from Saratoga, the city Hurwitz grew up in, but a close look into his work reveals his hometown is seldom far from his mind. On the heels […]

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Local high school district earns national kudos

By Khalida Sarwari The Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District was named one of the best school districts in America by Niche.com. Niche.com is a Pittsburgh-based consumer website that calculates its rankings based on factors that include data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. The district came in at No. 24, a rank that district Superintendent Bob Mistele deemed “gratifying.” The district was named second best […]

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Argonaut fifth-graders get passionate about water conservation

By Khalida Sarwari The countdown is on. In just two months, Cape Town, South Africa is predicted to become the first major city in the world to run out of water. Could Saratoga be next? While the chances of a similar fate befalling Saratoga are slim, a group of Argonaut Elementary School fifth-graders don’t want to take any chances. So, they have taken it upon themselves to educate other kids about the importance of water […]

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Saratoga City Council tackles highway project, tree program and clean water effort

By Khalida Sarwari A completed highway improvement project, tree program and the formation of a joint powers authority overseeing a stormwater program were all on the Saratoga City Council’s agenda this week. At its Wednesday meeting, the council considered an agreement to form the West Valley Clean Water Program Authority, and will have to appoint a representative and an alternate to the authority’s board of directors. This action follows a decision in May by the […]

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Saratoga resident launches initiative to celebrate diversity through art

By Khalida Sarwari On a recent Monday night in Saratoga, three flute players performed in the community room of the Saratoga Public Library. One played a Persian ney, another the Indian bansuri and the third played the western classical flute. The program was arranged by Usha Srinivasan, president and co-founder, along with Priya Das, of Sangam Arts, a local nonprofit that attempts to connect cultures through the arts. The group’s pilot event on Monday sought […]

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