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October 24, 2014

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1 8 3 www.community-newspapers.com $1.00 Museums break ground—well, sort of—at their new civic center site + 5 Vol. 131, No. 43 Friday, October 24, 2014 An edition of the BY JUDY PETERSON W hen the new public library opened more than three years ago, it was an immediate hit with Los Gatos teenagers. Perhaps one reason for its popularity is that kids were consulted about the de- sign of the library's teen room before it was built. Town manager Greg Larson says the town learned back then that teenagers want a place "to see and be seen," a sentiment echoed by LGS Recreation execu- tive director Stephen Ma. Ma was one of the adults who spoke during an Oct. 21 town council discussion about the Venue: A Place for Teens. The Venue, which sits behind Los Gatos High School on 1.7 acres, opened 20 years ago as a teen center. It closed more than two years ago because of a lack of funding. But behind the financial collapse was the reality that the Venue was little used by local teens. Ma thinks that's because it didn't fit teenagers' criteria as an after school hangout where kids could get food, and socialize and be seen in an adult setting. "I do want to support teens but I don't think this is the proper location to do that," Ma said. The president of CASA—Community Against Sub- AND THE SAGA CONTINUES: TOWN COUNCIL DISCUSSES THE FATE OF THE VENUE Town looks to youth to help make decision about use for building Dr. Soohoo Specializes in general, cosmetic and pediatric dermatology and is also on the clinical faculty of Stanford Medical School. She welcomes new patients, as well as former patients to The Menkes Clinic, a state-of-the-art dermatology ofKce. The Menkes Clinic | 650.962.4600 2490 Hospital Drive, Suite 201, Mountain View Adjacent to El Camino Hospital | www.menkesclinic.com Dr. Lillian Soohoo Board CertiAed Dermatologist A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY LLYANNE CAUCHY Ari Ohriner has fun making a tie-dye shirt while attending the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley in June 2014. The JCC celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. JCC Turns 40 JCC Turns 40 Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley celebrates a special anniversary of Silicon Valley celebrates a special anniversary page 16 page 16 Venue, page 10

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