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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.

Those interested ...

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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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Making predictions is losers

When the Federal Reserve trimmed its aggressive bond-buying program last month, it determined the way stocks should go in the near future.

When Fed officials suggested that the key interest rate would stay near rock bottom longer than promised, it proved a plus for the economy and the labor market.

Making stock market predictions is a game for losers because the market forges its own direction and change is the one constant for investors.

Many top Wall Street analysts see a sense of normalcy returning to the financial markets in 2014. As the Fed reduces its monthly bond buying, interest rates will edge higher. Fed officials said they would consider a plan to raise short-term rates once unemployment drops to 6.5 percent from the current 7 percent.

Inflation is expected to remain low, with a 1.7 percent increase forecast for the Consumer Price Index in 2014. The Fed’s inflation projection is 2 percent, which could change the investment climate.

As interest rates begin to climb, it becomes important to avoid utilities, financials and telecom stocks.

In 2014, investors concerned about a correction will bail out of stocks at the first sign of trouble, and the bears will start a downward price trend.

The bulls, meanwhile, are sitting on the fence and will respond to the market moves and put more money into stocks, driving prices higher.

The coming year will be the year for volatility, and astute investors should play the game without becoming frustrated with daily up-and-down prices.

A Town Crier “50” stock recently made headlines.

LSI Corp. (LSI; $10.99), the San Jose-based maker of storage chips used in data centers and flash drives, agreed to be sold to Avago Technologies Ltd. last month.

The Singapore-based Avago paid $6.6 billion in cash. Both boards have agreed to the transaction, scheduled to close in the the next few months. The purchase price amounted to $11.15 per LSI share.

LSI President and CEO Abhi Talwalkar said the deal provides “immediate value to our stockholders and offers new growth opportunities for our employees to develop a wider range of leading-edge solutions for customers.”

LSI, founded in 1981, has approximately 5,000 employees and annual sales in the $2.5 billion range.

The LSI acquisition is the second transaction of its kind in the industry. Earlier in 2013, Applied Materials Inc. purchased Tokyo Electron Ltd.

Analysts foresee more chipmakers in Silicon Valley consolidating their operations. Sergis Mushell of research firm Gartner Inc. said he thought that LSI had been looking for a buyer for some time.

Clyde Noel is a Los Altos resident and longtime investor in stocks.

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