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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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News of debt deal rejuvenates market

Prodded by a last-minute budget deal in the U.S. Congress Thursday, the stock market rebounded, with the S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average surging on news of the federal government dodging default.

With the debt-ceiling crisis in the rearview mirror for now, the focus turns to corporate earnings. More than 140 companies on the S&P 500 are scheduled to report their earnings this week, and the market could assume a different posture.

The third-quarter earnings of big public companies announced so far are unimpressive. Although companies are beating their earnings estimates, it’s largely because they have lowered expectations.

While the lingering effects of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling brinksmanship are likely to weigh on near-term economic numbers, the market needs to look past these hiccups for the third-quarter earnings season to go well.

Two Town Crier “50” companies issued quarterly earnings reports last week.

• IBM Corp. ($173.29; IBM) shares tumbled after the market opened Thursday, hitting a two-year low of $174.53. IBM’s third-quarter revenue dropped, missing Wall Street forecasts by more than $1 billion.

The company reported net income of $4 billion, a 6 percent increase over the same period last year, but the company’s revenue dropped 4 percent to $23.7 billion, falling short of expectations.

The revenue shortfall prompted analysts to offer new price targets for the stock. A Jefferies analyst backed his hold rating but cut his price target to $190, while a Citicorp analyst maintained his buy rating but lowered his price target by $15. Barclays downgraded its rating from overweight to equal weight, reducing its low target price to $175.

• Intel Corp. (INTC; $24.06) released its third-quarter results last week. Despite beating expectations on a modest level, the current-quarter revenue outlook fell short and the company warned of delays with production of its upcoming Broadwell processors.

The company’s $3 billion profit was down 1 percent from a year ago, and sales of $13.5 billion were up a fraction at 58 cents per share. Analysts had predicted 53 cents per share on sales of $13.47 billion.

The world’s top chipmaker expects that the current Haswell PC processor, with improved battery life, will boost sales for the rest of 2013 but noted that preparations for the Broadwell chip are lagging.

Intel’s earnings are regarded as a barometer of the overall tech industry’s health. The chipmaker’s problems result from declining PC sales, the source of two-thirds of its revenue. Worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter fell 8.6 percent from last year.

In his third-quarter report, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich promised that sales of inexpensive tablets and computers would dominate the holiday season.

Intel’s upgrade and downgrade history is primarily a hold, with a few analysts deeming the stock an outperform. The median target price is $23, with a high of $30. The dividend yield is 3.9 percent.

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