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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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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


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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


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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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Just looking around could be the most profound homily


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Union Presbyterian Church’s July Fourth Pancake Breakfast drew a patriotic crowd last year.

When I was in the Boy Scouts, we did a lot of backpacking.

We’d hike in on Saturday, camp overnight and then hike back Sunday. Sundays before we left camp – breakfast over, tents rolled up and stowed, backpacks ready, canteens full – we would have chapel. It was sometimes led by our chaplain, sometimes by one of the Scouts working toward his religion merit badge.

The sermon was always essentially this: “Look around you. We have gotten to see a different part of the world with all this beautiful scenery, with the streams we’ve passed and the forest we’ve camped in. Look around and see what a good God we have.” That was the message every time.

It was fine for what it was. I preached recently on Psalm 19 – King David also had looked around. He had gazed in wonder at the night sky and marveled at what God had made. Psalm 19 begins, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

I love learning about the universe and the wonders it contains – there are billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, and just in our little solar system, there are incredible things like volcanoes on distant moons that don’t spew lava but weirder stuff (I heard someone say it was liquid methane). How cool would that be to see that in person?

But the truth is, I don’t need volcanoes on distant moons – those Boy Scout sermons were good enough. I look around and see living things that only need air, water, light and a bit of dirt to grow. I can see the great variety of animals and the distant stars, and I know for certain that this world didn’t just happen. It was made.

And while that’s good, it isn’t good enough. David ends the Psalm with a desire to be clean and innocent because of God’s goodness and righteousness. David longed for what he would never achieve. He looked at the world and saw God’s greatness; he looked at himself and people around him and saw that there was something wrong with humanity – a disconnect. It wasn’t until Jesus came that the disconnect was reconnected.

We have a chance to know intimately and deeply the God who created, and we have a chance that David didn’t to be clean and innocent because of Jesus. What David longed for came true in Christ. I invite you to find that, too.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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