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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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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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