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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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This stock sell-off is an opportunity

Investors sent the stock market into a panic last week, selling their stocks after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reported that free money and high liquidity are about to come to an end. Bernanke indicated that if economic data continue to improve, the Fed will begin pulling back on its $85 billion per month buying program, with plans to wrap it up entirely next year.

The Fed assumes that the economy is gaining strength and that the future outlook for stocks is inviting. Investors should consider the sell-off an opportunity to buy high-quality stocks that are leaders in their class, because the turbulence won’t last.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks made headlines last week.

• Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE; $43.94) reported second-quarter profits that exceeded analysts’ estimates. Subscribers continue to sign up for Adobe’s cloud computing services, with the company adding 221,000 Creative Cloud subscribers last quarter for a total of 700,000.

Adobe forecast sales of $975 million to $1.03 billion and earnings of 29-35 cents a share for the current fiscal quarter.

According to company officials, 12.8 million customers are using Adobe’s desktop products, 8.4 million via suites that bundle programs and 4.4 million via individual tools. While Adobe predicts 4 million subscribers for its cloud service by the end of 2015, there is a potential market of 8 million creative professionals for the programs.

Adobe faces a fearsome competitor for cloud computing services in Oracle Corp., but many analysts are upgrading Adobe stock because of the potential for a billion-dollar recurring revenue stream. The mean target price for Adobe stock is $47.67 per share, with a high target of $58.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $403.18) officials announced last week that the company signed a contract with the Los Angeles Board of Education to provide iPads to every student on 47 campuses beginning in the fall – a $30 million commitment. The board voted unanimously to supply the iPads.

“The iPad rated the best in quality, was the least-expensive option and received the highest scoring by a review panel that included students and teachers,” said Jamie Aquino, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent of instruction.

Apple is expected to roll out new models in the fall, including the iPhone5S with new fingerprint technology and larger screens as well as a cheaper version in five to six colors to differentiate it from the more expensive models. The cheaper model is necessary to compete in China and India.

In its latest earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company would expand its share buyback program from $10 billion to $60 billion. Cook also reported a 15 percent increase in Apple’s dividend, bringing the quarterly payout to $3.05.

Apple’s revenue growth has declined from the plush days of 2010, when the company’s fortunes rode high on the sales of iPads and iPhones and its share price topped $700.

Today, just 75 percent of the 68 analysts covering Apple consider the stock a buy, with most concerned about the e-book price-fixing scandal and/or the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ruling that Apple violated Samsung patents.

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