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Obama's coming to town

Obama's coming to town

The president is scheduled to make a stop about noon today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills. He and his entourage are expected to travel south from San Francisco to the event, then head back north for San Francisco International Airport and ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


ft, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.

Tia Geri can’t wait to bring her new golden retriev...

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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


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The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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BLSN infuses business leaders with spirituality

The long oval table in the library is set as for a board meeting.

In the center, however, are some items you'd never find in a corporate boardroom. Four white pillar candles are arranged in a square. Beside them is a prayer bowl nestled in a red-and-turquoise cushion.

The group meeting here is called a Leadership Formation Group (LFG). It operates within the Business Leadership Spirituality Network, (BLSN). The monthly meeting brings together a group of 10-12 executives to discuss business and workplace issues in a spiritual context.

Rose Camp, 48, executive VP of finance and operations at her company, was a member of the first LFG, which has been meeting since fall 2000.

"I love the combination of integrating business and spirituality," Camp said.

The BLSN grew out of the work of Andre Delbecq, who heads the Business and Spirituality Program at Santa Clara University, and John Huntington, a retired CEO who became an Episcopal priest and found a vocation serving business leaders like himself. Later the Rev. Dr. Jim Thomas, 30 years a psychologist/management consultant and now a priest, took over BLSN leadership.

The BLSN, headquartered at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Mountain View, has three LFGs so far, with the hope of expanding much farther. Its goal is to infuse spirituality at the highest levels of business.

The leader, Mary Jo Alderson, lights the candles and opens the meeting with a prayer. Then she uses an ancient spiritual technique called "lectio divina" for the group to meditate on a sacred text. She reads aloud a paraphrase of Psalm 40 three times, very slowly, with long pauses between readings. Group members reflect on what the reading meant to them.

Only after this preparation does the discussion start. Alderson takes the issues one at a time, facilitating, reflecting and drawing out threads and possible solutions for the problem. Everything said in the room is confidential.

Alderson, 54, directs the Spiritual Center at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. She has a business background in accounting. She thinks the time is ripe for this kind of group.

The BLSN asks for donations from participants as a percentage of their income. As it grows, it hopes to train more and more LFG facilitators and provide online networking services.

For more information about the BLSN, call Susan Slakey at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 967-4724.

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