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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


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, 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.
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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


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
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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Foothill Covenant increases visibility with facilities renovation


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Pastor Hans-Erik Nelson opens the new handcrafted wood doors, accented by stained glass panels, to welcome all to Foothill Covenant Church. Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier

When Pastor Hans-Erik Nelson first came to Foothill Covenant Church in fall 2011, one of his first meetings dealt with growing the congregation. It seemed part of the problem was the appearance of the Los Altos church’s facilities and grounds.

A parishioner at that meeting commented, “No one even knows the church is here. They can’t see it.”

“It doesn’t look like a church behind all the bushes and fences,” said another.

So Nelson and the other church leaders are doing something about it. Utilizing a $200,000 reserve fund, the church is in the middle of an extensive facilities and grounds renovation to increase visibility – both literally and figuratively.

A big part of the plan was addressing the unintentional camouflage of the 50-year-old site, brought on by overgrown trees and facilities than had weathered and darkened with age.

The trees along Oak Avenue, planted for shade, had grown and spread until they obscured much of the view of the Church grounds for passersby whether walking or driving. The weathered wooden fence that protected the children’s playground resembles a dreary cage rather than a cheerful play area.

The buildings at the corner, originally the parsonage, now a residence for returning missionaries, blended into the neighborhood but hid the heart of the property - the church itself is set back on the site.

These issues are changing for the better, thanks to the work of a facility upgrade team led by Bob Matthews and Stan Ecklund. The key objective was to “let the sunshine in,” they said, to communicate their open and welcoming community.

The rejuvenation efforts are already clearly visible. If you are walking or driving by Foothill Covenant along Oak, look past the “Pardon Our Dust!” notice and you will see obvious improvements.

The Ladies Lounge better accommodates young families with comfortable chairs for relaxation and privacy for mothers who are breast-feeding. A matching changing-table makes necessary diaper changes easy on the back. The Sunday School area is bright and colorful, filled with toys and activities.

Nelson and his united parish invite the community to view the transformation as it takes place and to step in and enjoy the new ambiance. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m.

Foothill Covenant Church is located at 1555 Oak Ave. For more information, visit foothillcov.org.

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