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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Prepare for more stock volatility

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With the stock market down more than 450 points as we enter the final week before the presidential election, it’s interesting to recall that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was dropping quickly when John McCain was the Republican nominee four years ago.

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated Jan. 20, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrials registered slightly below 8,000. The market had experienced a one-day drop of 778 points the previous September, followed by three more big drops in October.

Today, concerns over disappointing earnings and economic worries in Europe could lead to the same type of volatility.

The “fiscal cliff” looms, with spending cuts and tax increases of up to $600 billion awaiting lawmakers in January. Many corporations have postponed their investment spending until Congress resolves the situation.

Investors should not expect to avoid disappointment in this economic environment, but they could tip the odds in their favor by purchasing stocks with sales momentum, improving profit margins and reasonable valuations.

The latest news on two Town Crier “50” stocks:

• Apple (AAPL; $604:00) announced its quarterly earnings Thursday, missing the forecast and falling short of estimates. For the fiscal quarter, Apple reported earnings of $11.75 a share on $52 billion in revenue. Analysts expected earnings of $15.43 a share on $55 billion.

Apple priced its much-anticipated iPad mini at $329, well above the $199 of similar-sized tablets offered by Amazon and Google. While some analysts worry about the price differential, Apple has previously succeeded at selling products at a premium compared with rival offerings. However, only 14 million iPad minis have been sold, below forecasts.

Analysts still consider Apple stock both a short- and long-term buy.

• Facebook Inc. (FB; $21.94) experienced its largest one-day gain last week, with the stock closing at $23.23, up 19 percent for the day but still a long way from its initial offering of $38. Revenue for the third quarter totaled $1.26 billion, a $325 million increase, compared with $954 million in the third quarter of 2011. As of Sept. 30, the company’s cash and marketable securities totaled $10.5 billion.

The improvement in Facebook stock’s performance is likely attributable to burgeoning sales in the mobile advertising market. Approximately $150 million resulted from Facebook ads appearing on mobile devices.

Employees and investors Monday became eligible to sell nearly 234 million shares of stock they’ve had to hold because of trading restrictions. Another 700 million shares will be unlocked Nov. 14. The increase in stock sales could cause the price to drop again. After the sell-off, the stock price should increase.

Analysts aren’t in unison when it comes to Facebook stock – a few recommend selling, but most suggest holding on, expecting the price to rise.

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