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Ceramicist gives new way to clay

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Los Altos potter Hila Itzhak, who recently moved to the area from Israel, brings her passion for ceramics and techniques of the trade.

Los Altos potter Hila Itzhak knows the unpredictable power of the kiln, and she can handle the heat.

“It’s like a beast,” she said of the oven chamber. “You put something in, and you don’t know how it’s going to come out. When you learn to accept that, you love it.”

A new year: Investing in 2016

The aging bull market will finally fall to the bear. In approximately three weeks, fourth-quarter earnings reports will hit the market – and they won’t be encouraging for the average investor.

Head of Honcho uncorks wine bar

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Honcho proprietor Rod Newman recently opened the First Street wine and beer lounge with the vision of creating a comfortable place for adults to socialize.

At Honcho – a newly opened craft beer and wine lounge in downtown Los Altos – proprietor Rod Newman is all about reds, whites and relationships.

“I really enjoy interacting with people,” the Los Altos resident said. “My mother is a lifetime teacher – maybe I got that from her.”

Reviewing the year and forecasting the next

Some of the biggest gains in the “Town Crier 50” stocks in 2015 were also several best performing big-cap stocks.

Wall Street rallies after Fed move

After the U.S. Federal Reserve reported that it was raising its key policy rate for the first time in a decade Dec. 16, the stock market went positive as markets deemed the move dovish.

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