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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Take heart in assurance that the other side of trouble is joy

My job as a pastor would be a lot easier if it weren’t for trouble. Call it job security, I guess, but however you look at it, our world is filled with trouble.

When Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble,” He wasn’t kidding. Not even close. We wish He would have said, “You won’t have trouble” or even “You might have trouble.” Anything but “You will have trouble.”

But He was right. And because of that, a lot of my work as a pastor is centered on helping people deal with and move through trouble in healthy ways, assisting the hurting in getting up after hardship knocks them down and considering ways they can take heart while they suffer with heavy hearts.

However trouble comes, be it a loss of health, the death of a loved one, an unexpected pink slip, a financial crisis or a relational meltdown, it can devastate one’s emotional, spiritual, relational and physical well-being. I wouldn’t have a clue how to help those on the brink of losing heart in the aftermath of some unexpected problem if Jesus hadn’t warned us and told us how to deal with troubles.

I recently taught on John 16, where Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” I was intrigued by the three words that follow that statement. Without those three words, His audience would have been left discouraged and depressed. The three words: “But take heart.”

At first glance, that doesn’t seem very helpful. In fact, it seems as unhelpful as when something bad happens and someone comes up to you and says, “Cheer up!” Or in the midst of a catastrophe, Annie comes along and starts singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow.”

But Jesus didn’t end with “But take heart.” If you have a Bible handy, I encourage you to take a look at John 16, where Jesus gives some very practical training on how to “take heart” when you’re struggling with a heavy heart. That was precisely the condition Jesus’ followers were in at the time. They had left everything to follow Jesus for the previous three-and-a-half years, and suddenly Jesus was just going to leave them?

He told them that the grief they were feeling would only be for “a little while” and that one day it would be replaced with joy. The troubles, pain, confusion and fear we face in this world are only for a while. It’s not the end of the story. Jesus told them to think about what they were going through like a mother in labor – incredible pain, but she knows on the other side of the pain lies a bundle of joy that will make the pain she endured worth it.

Jesus took to heart His own counsel. While He was enduring the cross for us, He focused on the joy that awaited Him on the other side of the pain. Beyond the crucifixion was exhilarating joy. That knowledge lifted Jesus’ heavy heart just as it can lift ours.

So when your life is filled with trouble, remember that it’s part of living in this world. We can’t escape it. No one can. But we can look beyond the times of pain and fear and confusion to the joy ahead for those who trust God with their lives. The other side of trouble is joy.

If you take Jesus’ words to heart, it will do your heart good.

The Rev. Dave Gudgel is lead pastor of Bridges Community Church, 625 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. For more information, visit www.connectbcc.org.

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