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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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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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