Publication Date: Wednesday Sep 20, 1995


BANK HONOR ROLL . . . The Hewlett-Packard Employees Federal Credit Union and University National Bank & Trust were among Bay Area banks that received top ratings in a survey of more than 10,000 consumers by Bay Area Consumer's Checkbook magazine. The magazine polled its own subscribers as well as subscribers to Consumer Reports magazine on various aspects of bank service. Several banks, including University National, were rated "superior" in overall service by at least 85 percent of survey respondents. In contrast, Bank of America and Citibank were rated "superior" by fewer than 35 percent of respondents. The top-rated banks were small and medium-sized, but some larger banks also did well. World Savings & Loan and Great Western were among the higher-rated larger banks.

SHOWCASE PALO ALTO . . . .Expose your business to the community Oct. 19 at Showcase Palo Alto '95, the Chamber of Commerce's annual business exposition at Hyatt Rickeys for small, mid-sized and large businesses. Community residents, business professionals, and executives attend the event, which features food, products, and one-on-one contact with exhibitors. Booth space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Oct. 2. For more information call the chamber at 324-3121.

A WAY TO SAVE . . . To help parents and students manage education expenses, Fidelity Investments' Palo Alto Investor Center offers free college savings kits. By the year 2012, when today's toddlers are about 18, the price tag for a four-year education could be in the neighborhood of $81,000 for a public education and more than $204,000 for a private education, according to Annette Evans, manager of Fidelity's Palo Alto office. The kit includes a worksheet for projecting future tuition costs and creating an investment plan. For a free copy of the Fidelity College Savings Plan kit, call toll free 1-800-544-9797 or drop by the Palo Alto Investor Center at 251 University Ave.

EXPRESS DEAL . . . If you have family or friends planning a visit to Stanford or Palo Alto this year, they might like to know about a special offer from Hyatt Rickeys hotel and American Express on Campus. A $93 rate is offered to all Stanford students, faculty, parents, alumni, staff and visitors who book their reservations through American Express on Campus. For every room night stay, $5 will be donated to the Stanford school designated by the guest. You do not have to be an American Express cardholder to participate, but you do have to make reservations by calling (800) 247-5735. Ask for the Stanford Rate Donation Program, or send e-mail to The deal is good through Dec. 31.

ELECTED . . . Tax and trust attorney Robert N. Grant, of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, has been elected to serve on the American National Red Cross Board of Governors representing the Pacific region. Grant has been a volunteer with the Palo Alto Area American Red Cross serving as board chairman, vice-chairman and legal counsel.

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