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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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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

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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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Money and importance do not make us special

We have begun a study of Luke at our church this fall. In chapter 4, starting at verse 16, Jesus begins His ministry by preaching a sermon in his hometown synagogue.

It is a little comforting to pastors like me that the sermon is a complete flop. It is such a complete flop that the congregation tries to throw Jesus off a nearby cliff. I’ve preached bad sermons, but I’ve never had a congregation, well, it’s safer to say that I’ve rarely had a congregation, try to kill me for one.

What the people were so mad about was that Jesus told them that they weren’t special. As Jews, they were the people of God, absolutely, but that didn’t mean that they were perfect. It didn’t mean that they could do whatever they wanted to do in life.

All people – Jew and non-Jew – need to come before God and admit that they aren’t perfect. Everyone needs to repent and apologize to God for what they have done wrong, and everyone is in need of grace and forgiveness.

Jesus reminds them of Elijah and Elisha, who were sent not to Jewish people, but to foreigners whom they relieved of the effects of drought and disease. Jesus tells his hometown people that they are not good enough, that they too need forgiveness and that God has come for all sorts of people, not just the Jews.

It is painful to hear that we aren’t that special.

The truth is that we aren’t special. I know we live in Los Altos, and we think that makes us special. We have lots of money and we are important people in the world, but the truth is that that doesn’t make us special either. Even lots of people telling us how important we are, how special we are, doesn’t actually make us unique.

We in Los Altos like to think we are better, different, that we aren’t like everyone else. The truth is that we are fundamentally the same as every other person on the planet. We fall short of God’s glory, we need to be rescued from our sin, and we cannot do that ourselves. All people need Jesus, all disciples of Jesus need to invite Christ to rule in our lives. We cannot catch Jesus by hanging around Christians. Going to Sunday School all those years ago was nice, but it doesn’t make one a disciple of Jesus.

I’m not that special, and you aren’t either. All of us have done wrong, and all of us need the forgiveness that comes from God alone. I believe that if we all behaved and believed that we aren’t unique and God’s gift to the world, then perhaps we could be a little nicer to those around us.

Each person is created by God, loved by God – but not unique. So let’s get off our high horses and give a little help to those around us who need help. I’m not that special, just like you.

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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