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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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A good time for a market review

With less than two weeks left in the current year, you are likely to hear many conflicting opinions for stock market prospects in 2014.

The old adage “buy low and sell high” doesn’t mean to invest in poorly performing shares because they are low and should increase in 2014. Forecasting is futile.

At current levels, stocks are not in bubble territory, but keep an eye on the averages, as they often signal that a change is in the works.

Bears feel that the Federal Reserve’s stimulus policy will come to a slow halt and put pressure on stocks. Other investors believe that scenario played itself out when the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 129.60 points Dec. 11 and opened down Thursday.

The bulls are not leaving us, and we are keeping our portfolio 95 percent intact. On the other hand, numerous investors are selling their stocks and taking profits, hoping to buy them back at a lower price.

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

• Rambus Inc. (RMBS; $9.54) shares climbed sharply last week after settling a patent dispute with Micron Technology, which will pay Rambus as much as $280 million over seven years to license Rambus patents. Formerly based in Los Altos but now located in Sunnyvale, Rambus will receive quarterly payments as high as $10 million for the life of the agreement.

Rambus stock is now up 77 percent for the year.

In June, Rambus settled a suit with SK Hynix for $240 million and signed a lease agreement with STMicroelectronics to close out a lengthy court battle.

The company has had legal problems for years over patent licensing, and the subsequent court battles drove investors away from the stock.

Most analysts deem the stock a hold, even after the strength of the settlements. The last time analysts issued the stock an upgrade to buy was in 2006.

Analysts’ median and high target price for Rambus stock is $13, with a low of $6.50. There is no dividend for stockholders.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.68) is scrambling to halt the market-share erosion of its tablet, which dropped from 40 percent to 30 percent sold in the previous year. Smartphones dropped from 14 percent to 13 percent.

Against that backdrop, Apple has quietly begun selling its iPad with retina display at its retail stores. The gradual rollout could be due to supply constraints, and analysts expect the device to become widely available during the holiday season.

In other news, the Cupertino-based firm agreed to pay $350 million for PrimeSense Ltd., an Israeli company that made gesture-recognition technology for Microsoft.

A U.S. jury awarded Apple $290 million in the retrial of a patent lawsuit against Samsung. Apple asked for $380 million.

Numerous analysts call Apple stock a strong buy in both the short and long term, with several analysts indicating an outperform position. The high target price for Apple stock is $777, with a median of $600. The yield on Apple stock is 2.30 percent.

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