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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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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

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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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

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
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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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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