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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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