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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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Dow drops HP, Alcoa and BofA

After the stock market closes Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average index of 30 stocks will drop Hewlett-Packard Co. and two other financial mainstays – Alcoa Inc. and Bank of America Corp.

News of the change raises questions among the followers of the Dow and McGraw Hill Financial, which controls the average. McGraw Hill representatives claim that they want to diversify the sectors in the index. The three replacement stocks are Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Visa Inc. and Nike Inc.

The reason is more likely that the stock prices of HP, Alcoa and Bank of America remain low, and the Dow would rather comprise higher-priced winners.

The average divisor will be adjusted before the market opens Monday, so the changes won’t impact the level of the Dow the same as when a stock splits or a spin-off occurs.

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

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $450.36) unveiled its high-end iPhone 5s and the cheaper, more colorful iPhone 5c, putting an end to the secrecy. Company representatives said the iPhone 5s is twice as fast as the iPhone 5, with an improved camera, a new microchip and a finger sensor.

Apple’s stock plunged during the company’s rollout last week. Analysts suggested that consumers expected more, including stepped-up features not found in other phones.

Analysts are not impressed with Apple’s new iPhone lineup. One analyst cut the stock’s target price to $425 and trimmed the 2014 earnings estimate to $37.95 per share, down from $38.78.

A recent CNET poll revealed that 54 percent of respondents consider Apple a leading innovator, while 46 percent see it falling behind.

The lack of a deal to sell iPhones through China Mobile to more than 700 million subscribers also weighed on Apple shares. If Apple seals a deal with China Mobile, investors and analysts will likely push the stock again.

Apple’s stock is down 14 percent year-to-date and 31 percent over the past 12 months.

The median target price for Apple stock is $540, with a high of $825 – a large disparity. The upgrade and downgrade history is mixed, with most analysts favoring a hold or a neutral position.

• Facebook Inc. (FB; $43.32) stock is now more than $45 per share, marking its all-time high and up 17 percent since its initial public offering at $38 in July 2012.

Investors believe that the social-networking service will benefit from the growing demand for advertising on smartphones and tablets. With more than 1 billion members, Facebook has worked to simplify the ad-buying process for marketers.

Mobile ads totaled 41 percent of advertising revenue in the second quarter, up from 30 percent in the first quarter. While there is a growing acceptance that Facebook is not a fad, the company must continue to drive business from desktop ads to smartphones and tablets.

Second-quarter sales rose 53 percent to $1.81 billion, topping analysts’ prediction of $1.62 billion.

Whereas most analysts previously suggested a downgrade for Facebook stock, they have changed their tune in the past three months, upgrading it to a buy or neutral. The mean target price is $42, with a high of $60.

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