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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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Spending cuts: Too soon to tell or sell

Federal spending cuts of $85 billion that went into effect March 1 are a factor for investors, as stock traders are watching whether the Dow Jones industrials can make another run at the record.

The Dow came within 15 points of its all-time high, closing Thursday at 14,164.

Stocks ended February with a gain after two strong sessions during the week. Historically, a positive January and February suggests a positive year for stocks. Now that the spending cuts have kicked in, businesses, consumers and investors have yet to appear concerned.

Is the primary trend bullish or bearish? With the Dow transports hitting an all-time high and industrials within striking range, the outlook is clearly bullish. Yet the gains do not necessarily guarantee a good year for stocks.

Another area to watch is the sentiment of the country. Surveys of individuals, newsletter editors and portfolio managers reveal an above-normal level of optimism. However, pockets of weakness and uncertainty in the economy underscore the risks inherent in any stock investment. Given the market’s recent strength and the possibility of disappointing economic news, a pullback would not be surprising.

While a secondary correction may be in the cards, it may be too soon to raise cash and buy more stock. As long as the Federal Reserve keeps interest rates low over the long term, investors will move out of bonds and into the stock market. And there is a lot of cash on the sidelines.

News of local interest:

• Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ; $19.95) announced that it will introduce an Android tablet in April for $169. HP, a longtime partner of Microsoft, said it would also eventually debut a Windows-based tablet.

HP provides products, technologies and software solutions to individual customers, the government and health and education sectors. Shares are up 39 percent year-to-date, and the company boasts a market cap of $38.64 billion. One analyst rates Hewlett-Packard a buy and six rate it a sell. The Street deems HP a sell.

The company’s weaknesses are evident in multiple areas: a deteriorating net income, a high debt-management risk, a low return on equity and a generally disappointing historical performance for the stock.

CEO Meg Whitman has promised to bring a number of new programs and innovations to market in coming quarters. Hewlett-Packard has become well known for its struggles, turmoil and disastrous deal-making record, but first-quarter results reveal that Whitman’s turnaround claim is in the works.

• Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE; $40.33), a multinational computer software company with headquarters in San Jose, was founded by local residents John Warnock and Charles Geschke in 1982.

Adobe offers a line of software and services for creative professionals, marketing personnel and application developers. The company is now pushing Photoshop for iPhones and other smartphones with a product called Photoshop Touch. It should increase in popularity as mobile phones become the primary tool for people to take and edit photos.

Adobe stock hit a 52-week high last week when it reached $39.46, with 1.7 million shares traded by noon. Adobe has a market cap of $19.01 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.

The company’s strengths can be seen in its debt levels, net income and stock price performance. The Street rates Adobe Systems as a buy. Nine other analysts deem Adobe a strong buy, 12 a hold and only 1 a strong sell.

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