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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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20 years and counting : Downtown design and construction firm celebrates anniversary


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Ilona Lindauer, founder and president of IKB, right, started her company after learning how to redesign her own Los Altos home. The company is celebrating 20 years in the construction industry.

It all started with a do-it-yourself home project, a little energy and a lot of learning for IKB founder and president Ilona Lindauer.

Lindauer, a Los Altos resident since 1973, recently recalled the humble start that led her to found her design, construction and interior services company, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary in the business. According to Lindauer, IKB’s roots lie in her desire to renovate parts of her own Los Altos home in the mid-1980s.

“I started this business because I wanted something to keep me busy,” Lindauer said with a chuckle, recalling the steps she originally took to redesign her home. “It was just something I figured I was good at.”

Despite her can-do mindset, Lindauer said she quickly learned that there was much more to redesigning a home than she anticipated. She began taking design classes locally and eventually earned her certification as a kitchen and bath designer. A few years later, the New York native took things a step further, earning her general contractor’s license and founding the Main Street-based IKB.

“I had a tool belt and I hung Sheetrock,” Lindauer said of her company’s modest start. “One thing led to another. … I found that I liked all aspects of the (design and construction) business. I liked building, I liked talking to clients – there’s nothing I didn’t like about it.”

Lindauer, who currently serves as a board member for the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, said the key to her company’s success comes down to a willingness to apply a little elbow grease.

“It’s just hard work. … It’s about meeting with clients and keeping the lines of communication open. It’s about making promises and keeping them,” she said.

She also credited her staff of seven at IKB for the company’s sustained success. IKB has won numerous industry accolades, including a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Award, since the company’s inception.

“I think we have a phenomenal team here,” she said. “They are what makes our company great.”

Lindauer noted that while many things have changed over the 20-year span, one thing hasn’t – her passion for her work.

“I still want to do a good job,” she noted. “I want to put people in functional, beautiful environments that meet their unique needs.”

IKB is located at 346 Main St. For more information, visit ikbinc.com.


IKB celebrates 20 years in business - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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