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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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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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