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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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Primary stock trend still bullish

Although S&P 500 stocks faltered Friday, the index posted positive gains in the first half of 2013 – its strongest first half, in fact, since 1998.

The market has sustained its share of volatility over the past month, and further fluctuations are possible in the near term. However, the market’s primary trend remains bullish. Stock market corrections can be scary, as recent events indicate – the possibility of the Federal Reserve tampering with interest rates, problems in China and concerns over second-quarter profits.

While the roller-coaster ride troubles many investors, buckle your seat belts and continue to look for new growth and income investments.

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

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $410.66) stock is declining, largely because iPhone inventories are high and sales are lower – consumers in India and Western Europe have flocked to cheaper alternatives.

Hoping to boost sales, Apple introduced an exchange program wherein the company pays up to $200 for older iPhones if a user upgrades to an iPhone5. While the tactic may increase sales, it could also put pressure on Apple’s profit margins.

In other news that reduced share price, lawyers offered closing arguments in the lawsuit that accuses Apple of colluding to inflate e-book prices. Additionally, while many hedge funds identified Apple as among their favorite stocks, they are now downgrading its value because of the lower gross margins pulling down the company’s earnings.

Apple will report its second-quarter results in late July – they should be light compared to previous quarters.

Analysts currently expect a flat year in sales, with a 21 percent decline in earnings. Many analysts consider Apple stock a hold or long-term buy, with a mean target price of $538 and a high of $888.

• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT; $34.46) is still trying to get back in the game with its cloud-computing venture. The company explored purchasing Nokia’s mobile phone business as a way to build an e-commerce website but eventually gave up. Microsoft did succeed in collaborating with Oracle Corp. on a cloud-computing partnership that allows customers to run Oracle software on Microsoft’s cloud platform.

The company plans to release a refinement of Windows 8 – Windows 8.1. The new version allows users to launch the operating system in a desktop mode that should please fans of the older versions of Windows. The new 8.1 Windows also returns the Start button to the lower-left corner of the desktop and allows users to boot directly to the desktop interface – a positive for the many users who haven’t updated.

With developers building multidevice, multiscreen, cloud-connected experiences, Windows provides capabilities to build modern applications quickly using Microsoft and Oracle.

Many analysts consider Microsoft stock a hold, but with new applications imminent, the holiday season for Windows 8.1 looks much more optimistic. Analysts target a mean price for Microsoft at $36.20 and a high at $42.

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