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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Through seasons of life, House of Grace helps women plant new seeds


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Breaking the cycle of addiction and domestic violence, Jennifer celebrates the role the House of Grace Recovery Program played in her transformation.

When Jennifer starts her new job as a dental assistant this week, it won’t be her first job, but it will be the first time the mother of three stands on her own.

Lost, addicted to drugs and nearing her breaking point, 39-year-old Jennifer needed a helping hand. She found that help at CityTeam Ministries’ House of Grace Recovery Program in San Jose, a faith-based, yearlong residential experience that supports women as they struggle to overcome drug addiction, domestic violence and homelessness.

As a young adult, Jennifer watched others in her family fall into a cycle of drug abuse and domestic violence. Without a support system at home, she moved out by the age of 14, mixed with the wrong crowd and headed down the path of addiction. When she became pregnant at 18, Jennifer vowed to be a responsible mom, but the seeds of her disease had already taken root.

“I wasn’t able to be the friend or mother I wanted to be,” said Jennifer, describing how she lost jobs, friends, partners and even her children during her 20-year drug-fueled descent. “(Drugs) took everything from me.”

Six months into her life at House of Grace, Jennifer is rediscovering who she is, renewing her relationship with God and building a community of sisters with other residents unlike any she had experienced.

“One of the most beautiful blessings of this program is that I get to look around and see the growth and restoration happening around me,” said Jennifer of the program’s 20 other participants. “It’s like being in a garden, and each time somebody new comes, it’s like a new plant that blossoms into these gorgeous new flowers.”

In addition to refreshing her technical skills in dental work through CityTeam’s Compass Academy, Jennifer noted that Bible study, life-skills classes and a network of counselors and peers are contributing to her recovery. For younger program residents, volunteer work in the office, at the onsite day-care center or at a food service center proves a valuable training opportunity that often leads to stronger prospects in the job market.

With residents of diverse backgrounds and ages – some as young as 18 – Jennifer said she feels like she is not only being helped, but is also able to help others find the love, support and encouragement that have been missing from her life.

“We come here broken, and moment by moment we’re restored,” she said. “We stay here long enough to not only see the change, but to have a hand in it.”

For more information, visit cityteam.org/san-jose/house-of-grace.

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