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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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Grave is not the end, but the beginning of a glorious future

Recently at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, we considered a clash of worldviews, a clash of cultures.

Humans are designed to hope that there is life beyond death, that there is an ultimate hope. Here in Silicon Valley, we are in some ways at ground zero of this clash.

We Christians proclaim that because of Jesus and his resurrection, there is hope for every person who accepts him as his or her Lord and Savior. We believe that there is this great and wild hope that the grave is not our eternal destination, but that a better life waits for us in eternity with God. We hear this message every so often, at least as part of every Easter sermon, and maybe it becomes less exciting for us.

For the world, though, it seems as if people keep putting their hopes in something else, often technology. There is at least one man around here who takes hundreds of health pills each day hoping to extend his life so that when his time comes, the technology will be available to download his mind into some sort of computer or robot thing. He also has this longing for eternal life, but instead of putting his hopes of an eternal future in God’s hands, he instead has taken the reins and is hoping beyond hope that this technology will be ready for him.

I have put my hope not in my ability to beat death, but in God’s ability to conquer death on my behalf. And even though I will die, like everyone else before me, my soul will live on with Christ.

That is essentially the choice everyone has – to hope that technology or something else will save them, or that God will.

For me, the choice is very clear. I choose to follow Jesus. I choose to serve him. My future is in his hands, in the hands of the One who loves us – all of us, even those who try to beat death another way – more than we can imagine.

There is hope for all that the grave is not our end but instead the beginning of a future better and more glorious than we can imagine. That hope comes from Christ – no one else has beaten death, no one else invites us into his resurrection. Only Jesus.

If you would like to discuss these issues, give me a call. I’d be happy to meet with anyone considering Jesus’ claims about life and death.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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