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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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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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