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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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Consumer confidence will lift market

If history is any indicator, the market should perform strongly in the second half of the year. Since World War II, every year the S&P 500 posted gains in January and February, the market recorded a positive year.

Stocks in 2013 have registered the best first-half performance since 1999, despite the U.S. economy stuck in low gear for more than a year with an average annual growth of 1.7 percent.

But according to the monthly publication Blue Chip Economic Indicators, gross domestic product is expected to increase to 1.9 percent this year, fueled by consumers’ optimism. Consumers account for roughly two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, and the improving outlook for consumer spending is one reason the market should gain steam in 2014. When consumers have money to spend and invest, you can bank on a rising stock market.

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

• Intuit Inc. (INTU; $62.76) agreed to sell its Financial Services Business to the private-equity firm Thoma Bravo for $1 billion. Intuit also plans to sell its health group, which provides financial services and software to hospitals.

The divestures are part of Intuit’s major restructuring, designed to allow the company to concentrate more on its core business of tax programs for consumers and small businesses. The proceeds from both sales should speed up share repurchasing.

Intuit began in 1983 marketing Quicken Personal Finance Software. Annual revenue now tops $4 billion, with a net income of $792 million. With 8,500 employees, the company plans to diversify beyond desktop software and Web services into software for tablets and smartphones.

Most analysts rate Intuit stock as a hold, though Raymond James Financial Services upgraded it last week to a strong buy. The mean target price per share is $65.94, with a high of $85.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $412.69) is still No. 1 in the U.S. smartphone market, but its share of the market remained virtually flat at 39 percent in the quarter, according to researchers, while Samsung Electronics gained two percentage points to take a 21 percent slice and Google Motorola captured 8 percent.

Among smartphone operating systems, Google’s Android maintained a 52 percent share of the U.S. market, followed by Apple at 39 percent.

Looking ahead to what may be its next big release, Apple applied for a trademark for iWatch in Japan. Wearable computing devices have suddenly become a crowded field, with companies racing to bring their new products to consumers. The market for wearable computers could exceed $12 billion by 2018, according to one research firm.

Apple projects third-quarter revenue totaling between $33.5 billion and $35.5 billion, gross margin between 36 and 37 percent, and operating expenses between $3.85 billion and $3.95 billion. Other expenses are projected at $300 million.

The majority of analysts who cover Apple consider its stock a current and long-term buy. Among 50 brokers surveyed, the mean target price is $538.74, with a high of $888.

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