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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


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
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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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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