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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 add ...

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Christians called to step forward in faith and care for others

You have heard it said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Life is a journey – often not a fast journey, but a slow daily walk. I say it is a walk with God. A walk with God also begins with a first step, but it always depends on the next step. Once the journey is underway, the next step is always the most important. The next step keeps us moving forward. Or it could be that the next step is scary or dangerous, and we stop moving forward.

I know people whose spiritual journey has ground to a halt for one reason or another.

Perhaps it was bitterness; someone said something and it just twisted us inside.

Perhaps it is the inability to forgive that has us hung up at a particular spot, stewing in the injustice and unfairness of it all.

Perhaps the stumbling block is a fear: fear of the future, fear that God won’t show up when we need Him or fear that what we most dread will come to pass.

Perhaps the fear is that we might lose some of what we’ve got, and then life will look and be different from how it is now.

Perhaps the block is simply comfort, that we have gotten so used to our present level of comfort that we don’t want to move from where we are, don’t want to grow, don’t want to move forward.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos is working through the Gospel of Luke, and in Chapter 7 there is a centurion who has taken many steps in his walk of faith. He has walked away from the Roman gods to embrace the God of the Jews. He has taken steps to help the local Jews build their synagogue, and they consider him to be a good guy. He has a slave, which was not unusual for that time, but he loved the slave, which was unusual. The slave was dying, and the centurion begged the Jewish elders to ask Jesus to heal the servant. Jesus consents to come, but then the centurion sends a runner to Jesus saying that it isn’t necessary for Him to come, but just say the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus is amazed at the centurion’s faith, says the word, and the servant is healed.

For the centurion, there was this last step – that he care for others, someone besides himself. The calling of Christians to take another step forward in faith gradually becomes a calling to care for others, as Christ has taken care of our future. We don’t need to worry or focus on ourselves as much as love others, because we have been loved first.

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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