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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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The political-economy blues continue

Although the sniping between Democrats and Republicans raged last week, it didn’t seem to hurt the market – the Dow Jones industrial average topped 15,000 again. Investors understand the dire impact of the impasse, but many believe the odds of the first U.S. debt default are still slim.

News that President Barack Obama appointed Janet Yellen to succeed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke apparently softened the impact of the turmoil on Wall Street, as she is expected to continue Bernanke’s easy-money policies.

This week, political antics in the nation’s capital will not determine the course of the market – corporate earnings will. Thirty-one companies on the S&P 500 index are scheduled to declare their third-quarter earnings early in the week, so look for volatility in market prices. Stocks tend to be most volatile around earnings season, when a good or bad report can make or break a stock.

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

• NetApp Inc. (NTAP; $41.81) remains optimistic that it will put in a strong performance in 2014, largely because of its multipronged cloud strategy.

The Sunnyvale-based firm engages in design, manufacture and marketing of networked storage solutions.

NetApp continues to forge a deeper relationship with Oracle Corp. to help organizations move their business-critical applications to private and public clouds, allowing them to “take full advantage of the agility, scalability and efficiency that the cloud enables,” according to a NetApp press release.

In a recent move, Cisco Systems Inc. acquired NetApp rival WHIPTAIL, which could eliminate a Cisco move to purchase NetApp. The move has led several analysts to downgrade NetApp’s stock to neutral or underperform, as it now faces competitive challenges in coming months. The mean target price is $45, with a high of $53.

• Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL; $11.43) designs, develops and markets analog, mixed-signal processing for mobile and wireless products and provides a range of integrated data storage products, including hard-disk-drive products.

While the chipmaker has made some questionable decisions, including pursuing markets in areas like Chinese mobile and wireless, now is not the time for investors to abandon the stock, according to an analyst at TheStreet.com.

The bad news: Marvell has been mired in litigation since 2009, when Carnegie Mellon University charged that Marvell had intentionally infringed on its patents for hard-disk drives. Marvell lost the case and was ordered to pay $1.17 billion in damages. Marvell appealed the verdict and requested a new trial, which a judge last month denied. There is uncertainty here, and Wall Street hates uncertainty.

The good news: Google Inc. recently introduced Google Chromecast, which plugs into a TV and allows streaming content via Wi-Fi. Chromecast is powered by a Marvell component.

The most recent upgrade and downgrade history deems Marvell stock a hold or outperform, with several analysts recommending neutral. The mean target price is $13.31, with a high of $17.

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