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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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