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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Back in the saddle: Celebrate "National Back to Church Sunday"

Sunday marks “National Back to Church Sunday.” I am not sure who designated this, but I’m fairly sure it wasn’t an Act of Congress.

I was wracking my brain trying to think of ways to celebrate “National Back to Church Sunday.” We could watch the game on TV, we could sleep in until noon or we could either be depressed waiting for work to start or get some work done on Sunday, depending on our level of enthusiasm toward work.

Or maybe this Sunday would be a good one to go back to a church you are familiar with or try a new one. This coming Sunday is actually a pretty good Sunday to visit a church or to get back into the habit of attending church. Churches are beginning their year. There are new Sunday School classes, new sermons and a renewed energy as we head toward Christmas.

Going to church is part of a life rhythm, at least for some people. It is time to worship something besides ourselves. It is a time to be together with other believers, to be challenged by God’s Word, to remember with joy that God loves us, God came for us, God died for us and God invites us to live in Him as He would like to live in us.

We go to work five days, play one day and then set aside one morning for our nourishment from God. Going to church helps us make friends, gives us some time before God to recognize again that God is God and we are not.

All week long we are catered to as though we are God. We do what we want, we get what we want. All sorts of businesses are set up to serve our wants, and even create the wants that we didn’t know we had. But on Sunday, we rethrone God in our lives. We move ourselves off the throne and replace ourselves with God.

Let me encourage you to get back into the rhythm of church. It is good to recognize that we are not in control of everything. It is good to feel loved and graced.

There are many great churches in our community, and I strongly urge you to check one out this Sunday. Our church would love to have you stop by. Silicon Valley can be a place of displacement and redoing our lives as we come from other places to work and live here. And in that move, it is easy to lose the rhythm of churchgoing. Get back into church. You won’t regret it.

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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