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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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Playing the stock market is like driving in the rain

Stock Report

Playing the stock market in today's market place is like driving in the rain with a slow windshield wiper. You have to look closely at where you're going and make sure your seat belt is hooked.

After a good previous week, the Dow dropped 110 points to 10,734, but the Nasdaq increased 217 points to 3,860. The Town Crier stock index jumped 10.50 percent for one of its best results in weeks.

Technology companies reporting earnings, or good future prospects, provided positive valuations. Leading the increases for the week were: Apple Computer, up 6 points; Adobe Systems, 8; Applied Materials, 17; BEA Systems, 11; Intel, 20; KLA-Tencor, 9; Network Appliance, 17; Rambus, 63; Varian Semiconductor, 27; and Yahoo!, 7 points.

Town Crier stocks making the news this past week were: Input Software, which changed its name to Action Point and was down 33 percent; and BEA Systems and Elantic, which split their stocks, 2-for-1.

Of interest to holders of technology issues, Barron's conducted a big money poll on what the bulls and bears expect to happen the rest of this year.

The bulls view the current turmoil as only a correction and not the beginning of a bear market. They expect the Dow to finish the year at 11,077.31 and the Nasdaq at 4,996.59.

On the other hand, the bears believe the market correction will continue as stock valuations remain too high. The bear market will start when the majority of investors consider the market to be a buying opportunity.

The bears expect tech stocks to continue to tumble and drag the Dow down.

That will put pressure on the dollar and with the Federal Reserve increasing the interest rates May 16, it can lead to a recession next year.

The favorite stocks of the majority of the money managers were Cisco, at the top of the list, followed by Intel, General Electric and Microsoft.

Looking at present conditions, this columnist predicts that tech stocks will continue to rise because alternatives are less attractive.

Noel, a seasoned investor, covers the stock market for the Town Crier.

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