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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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Just looking around could be the most profound homily


Photo By: Town Crier File Photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

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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