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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


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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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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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