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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Stock market soars to record high

The stock market set new highs every day last week, and there shouldn’t be any speed bumps in the near term.

Declining unemployment is a big sign of improvement in the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, its lowest level since 2008, and the economy added 236,000 jobs.

The Dow hit a record high of 14,165 Oct. 9, 2007, but the market lost more than half its value within 15 months. Worries remain as the March 27 deadline looms – current funding for the federal government expires, raising the specter of another shutdown battle.

Investors have been buying into the market during this week’s rally. The recovering economy and loose monetary policy by central banks around the world have pushed U.S. stocks higher this year. With the market firmly in bullish territory and economic drivers pointing upward, experts advise investors to keep 95 to 98 percent of their equity positions in the market.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks in the news:

• Yahoo Inc. (YHOO; $22.70) gave President and CEO Marissa Mayer a $1.1 million bonus in addition to her $1.1 million salary and stock compensation worth $56 million.

The board and investors rewarded Mayer for the company’s stock performance during her first five months at the helm – the stock rose from $16.54 to $22.90, a 46 percent gain. The company has hired six CEOs in five years, and most have looked outward. Mayer has concentrated on fixing internal problems.

She recently put an end to Yahoo’s work-from-home option. Approximately 200 employees worked from home, leaving empty cubicles and parking spaces at the company’s Sunnyvale headquarters. Mayer wanted workers in the office.

Since Mayer took the reins, analysts have begun to jump on the Yahoo bandwagon, with numerous analysts upgrading the stock from a hold to a buy.

• Rambus Inc. (RMBS; $5.66) has transferred a portfolio of patent assets covering display technologies to a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp.

Rambus received an initial upfront payment and is expected to receive subsequent payments.

“The transaction enables Rambus to deliver value to our shareholders while we focus our resources and investments in other areas,” said Ronald Black, Rambus president and CEO.

The Sunnyvale-based company, founded in 1990, engages in the creation, design, development and licensing of patented innovations, technologies and architecture to digital electronic products.

Rambus’ share price has ranged between a high of $150 in 2000 to a low of $3 in 2002, with a 4:1 split in June 2000. The share price in 2010 fluctuated between $20 and $24, giving the firm a market capitalization value of $2.5 billion.

The company has lived with continuous lawsuits that determine the market price. In the past 52 weeks, the stock price has ranged between $3.78 and $6.96.

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