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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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Stocks slump after record high

After hitting a record high Jan. 15, the stock market headed lower on the heels of disappointing earnings reports from numerous corporations, several banks falling short of analysts’ expectations and a Goldman Sachs warning about rising stock market valuations.

It’s hard to determine what investors are doing with their stocks, because the advance-decline lines reflect a market moving sideways in 2014.

The weak start in the new year has raised concerns in some quarters about the market’s failure to hold the day’s results during the strong time of year – the volatility is worrisome. A few disappointing quarterly reports could lead to serious selling of individual portfolios.

Not many investors are panicking, but the slow start in January is prompting questions about whether this is the beginning of a long-awaited 10 percent correction, which hasn’t occurred since summer 2011.

According to an investment strategist at R.W. Baird & Co., “The loss of momentum in the opening weeks of 2014 can be explained by the fact that stocks entered January overbought and overbelieved, and, therefore, vulnerable to a changing environment.”

Even with the ups and downs, it’s the stock market’s best year since 1997, and investors may wonder which way to go in the future.

Money magazine recommended, “In 2014, think cash,” but not all analysts agree. The outlook for the stock market is positive and supported by moderately improving economic conditions and corporate earnings growth.

The best approach is to maintain a long-term view and consider adding stocks to your portfolio if they are appropriate to your mix of investments. The beginning of the year is the ideal time to review your long-term investment goals.

A major player on the Town Crier “50” made news last week.

Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.25) continues to gain sales in the enterprise market. The company is projected to take 11 percent of global spending by governments and business on computers and tablets by 2015. Research firm Forrester Research reported that the number is up from 8 percent in 2012 and 1 percent in 2009 but does not include iPhone sales.

China Mobile revealed that the iPhone preorders that began Dec. 25 have topped 1.2 million for the 5c and 5s models.

“This is a watershed day for Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a joint interview with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua. “I’m so honored to be doing business with Chairman Xi and China Mobile.”

Apple built a base of support during the course of 2013 and is still trending positive. Several analysts project the stock to reach $600 a share, perhaps even $630, noting that the 50-day moving average exceeds the 200-day moving average.

For the first quarter of 2014, Apple provided guidance of revenue between $55 billion and $58 billion, a gross margin between 36.5 and 37.5 percent and expenses between $4.4 billion and $4.5 billion.

Investors are looking for a new product from Apple in 2014. Without a new product, the stock price will drop, as it has in previous years.

Among the 49 brokers touting Apple stock, most deem it a strong buy or a buy, with only one recommending a sell. The stock’s high target price is $777, with a low of $270.

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

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