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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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August proved bad news for market

With a rocky August in the rearview mirror, tensions in Syria pushing oil prices to their highest level this year and the Federal Reserve’s indecision on tapering off its bond-buying program, it’s time for investors to take stock.

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Thursday as the economy began to show signs of improvement – even as the Syria disaster plays out. While many investors expect a U.S. military strike in the wake of Syria’s alleged poison-gas attacks, analysts do not fear a long-term impact on the market. Compared with other investments, many analysts still believe stocks are the only game in town and look beyond crisis in the Middle East.

Market bulls argue that valuations are still well below prior bull-market peaks and that company earnings and dividends are still rising. That data could also bolster the case for the Fed to wind down its stimulus program sooner.

Historically, August has never been an exciting month for the market. A failed attempt at new highs would suggest that the primary trend has turned bearish, but consumer sentiment is on the rise and investors are still in the game.

Town Crier “50” company Intuit Inc. (INTU; $63.57) trumpeted the launch of the Intuit QuickBooks Cloud ProAdvisor Program last week, which should be a boon for management solutions. The program is designed to help accounting professionals start and grow their practices using Intuit’s free leading online financial and employee solutions.

“The cloud is no longer a new concept,” said Louis Sanchez, director at Intuit. “It is a necessary platform for accounting professionals to leverage in order to launch their practices and meet clients’ needs.”

The Mountain View-based Intuit provides business and financial solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Founded in 1983, the company sells its products and services via various sales and distribution channels. Most consumers are aware of Quicken’s line of desktop software products that reconcile bank accounts, pay bills and track investments. TurboTax, Intuit’s flagship product, is a familiar interface for users during tax season.

The company released its fiscal fourth-quarter results last week, and the numbers failed to impress analysts. On an adjusted basis, the company broke even on a per-share basis. Revenue grew 12 percent to $634 million.

Intuit’s upgrade and downgrade history has varied, with most analysts deeming the stock a hold. The mean target price is $68.53, with a high of $80.

Looking ahead

Projections from research firm International Data Corp. last week may herald trouble for three Town Crier “50” companies.

The future for personal-computer makers and component suppliers grows bleaker – IDC cut its unit-shipment forecasts for the computer tech sector.

IDC predicted that worldwide PC shipments would fall by 9.7 percent in 2013 and 2 percent in 2014. After 2015, the company forecasts single-digit growth.

The PC market is experiencing its longest market contraction on record, largely because customers are purchasing tablets and smartphones rather than replacing their PCs. IDC projects that 315 million PCs will be shipped this year, compared with 349 million in 2012.

The forecast is bad news for Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ; $22.35). In the second quarter, China-based Lenovo rose to the No. 1 PC vendor ranking, pushing HP to No. 2.

Intel Corp. (INTC; $22.02) continues to focus aggressively on mobile products to offset pressure from declining computer and chip sales.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT; $33.40) is in talks to buy stakes in other companies to compensate for problems after the release of Windows 8.

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