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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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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 ad...

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2004 was a decent year for investors with Dow Jones Industrials up

Since this is the last stock report for 2004, it appears Santa is providing a nice rally for all of us before the end of the year. Frankly, it feels like the market meandered most of the year, but if you look at the major indexes, it was actually a decent year for stocks.

As of Dec. 22, the Dow Jones industrials are up 3.45 percent since Jan. 1, and the Nasdaq composite is up 7.69 percent. The Town Crier index of 50 stocks is up 7.75 percent. Compared to previous years, most investors are happy.

While technology stocks have not done as well as other sectors, homebuilders, mining, energy stocks and commodities have done well because of unusual factors like low interest rates and the demand from China for

commodities.

Stock issues in 2004 had to be selected cautiously because there was no leadership except for energy, where we had surging crude oil prices and higher global demand. Energy stocks like Exxon Mobile and Chevron increased more than 20 percent and utilities more than 15

percent.

General Electric did well, benefiting from an expanding global economy and the weak dollar. In the meantime, the health-care industry was the biggest loser because of the

problems with Vioxx and Celebrex.

Semiconductors had a bad year. The index for semiconductors was down more than 15

percent and leader Intel Corp. was down 26.23 for the year.

Apple Computer was up more than 200 percent, which made the Town Crier index look good. Other companies that showed good increases are Adobe, Coherent, eBay, Heritage Bank, Network Appliance, McAfee

Inc, Symantec and Verisign.

In another vein, the stock-option programs that created legions of millionaires in Silicon Valley took a serious blow when the nation's accounting rule makers decided companies would have to start deducting the value of options from their profit beginning next year.

Shareholders calling for more detailed disclosures on corporate financial statements welcomed the rule.

Stock options are perks given to employees that allow them to buy shares of their company's stock in the future at a set price.

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