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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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