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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Those who live life with Jesus will exceed their potential

Ours is a community filled with people driven by the relentless pursuit to reach their potentials.

Parents spend a lot of time and energy encouraging their children to turn that quest into a reality. Teachers and coaches add their support. Companies expect it – or else. Spouses would love to see their mates peak to their potentials. When it doesn’t happen, they are left to decide how to broach this potentially sensitive subject without a marital blowup.

Chances are that you’re numbered among the majority of people consumed with reaching their potentials. I know your type. I used to be an active, card-carrying tribe member, too. Better, faster, bigger – it propelled me to do more, that I might be more, in my never-ending effort to be all that I could be.

No longer. Today I’m happy to say I’m a “must reach my potential” dropout. I quit your clan. Left. Gone on to bigger and better things. I’m shooting at a new target. No longer do I want to reach my potential – I now want to exceed it.

“And that’s better?” you ask. “Like a Tiger Pastor, high-intensity, enough-is-never-enough, life quest is a palatable solution? You’re kidding, right?”

Well, actually not.

My desire to exceed my potential life is actually God-led, God-driven and God-enabled, which is why I can hardly wait to see what I become. It’s not about what I can do or become, it’s about what God can do in and through me. It will be beyond me because it will be beyond what I could do or be – even if I did reach my potential.

Are you familiar with Jesus’ “I am the vine, my Father is the vinedresser … you are the branches” (John 15:1-5) teaching from the Bible? We at Bridges Community Church recently spent time considering this Napa Valley-like metaphor. Grapes grow on branches that are connected to a vine. Detached branches die, attached branches produce delicious juicy grapes – in abundance if the conditions are right.

That’s what the vintner seeks and works for – fruit, more fruit and even more fruit in ever-increasing proportions. Jesus said it’s possible for the same principle to work in the lives of those who stay vitally connected to God through Jesus Christ. Those who live life with Jesus will exceed their potential. Not due to their intellect or strength. On the contrary, this fruit is God-produced and Christ-like in quality.

The possibility of my life producing Christ-like fruit has me on a different track than the one I ran on for years. Now I’m more interested in a God-empowered life than a self-empowered “what will be is up to me” quest. Sure, I might reach my potential if that were my goal. But why would I settle for that when the God of the universe offers His children so much more? I’d rather live beyond me than be limited by me, and in so doing, exceed anything I could have done on my own.

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

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