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Turn gets a new look from a familiar face in downtown LA

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Robin Berard, center, works with general manager Jennifer Smith, right, to get food out of the kitchen at Turn Bar & Grill. Berard recently reopened the restaurant with an experienced kitchen and floor staff.

After Turn Bar & Grill went dark for a few days last week, a familiar face is back on Main Street with some old and new friends.

Robin Berard, one of the original partners behind the restaurant’s 2015 opening, has returned as Turn’s owner-operator.

Andronico's to be renamed Safeway Community Market

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Andronico’s at Rancho Shopping Center, the only grocery store in central Los Altos, soon will be renamed Safeway Community Market. Officials at Albertsons, which owns the Safeway chain, said the changeover would occur in December.

The Andronico’s Community Market at Rancho Shopping Center will be renamed Safeway Community Market in December.

Albertsons, Safeway’s parent company, purchased the five Bay Area Andronico’s, including the Los Altos location, earlier this year. The other locations are in Berkeley, San Francisco and San Anselmo.

Realtors' auction supports charity

courtesy of Silicon Valley Association of Realtors

The SILVAR auction featured prizes donated by local realtors and affiliates. The event generated $4,550 for their charity foundation.

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Los Altos/Mountain View District raised $4,550 for charity at their fourth annual pumpkin auction Oct. 21 at Hillview Community Center.

Local real estate companies and affiliates donated the 11 auction items.

Pinewood student serves as envoy to start-ups

Photos courtesy of Maxine Marcus
Maxine Marcus is a Pinewood School student and CEO of a new teen-focused consultancy, The Ambassadors Company.

Virtually any start-up worth its venture capital must get young people excited about its product. It’s a consultant’s dream to advise companies on how to attract teenagers.

Maxine Marcus is already there – she fits consulting in between classes, golf practice and tech club. Marcus, a 16-year-old junior at Pinewood School, is CEO of The Ambassadors Company, which gives companies teen insights into their products.

Is it OK to tap your 401(k) for a child’s college expenses?

Many parents take the view that supporting their children is their No. 1 priority. That’s admirable from a family standpoint but may not be optimal from a financial one.

Nowhere does this have bigger consequences than with college expenses. A common question I encounter is whether or not it’s possible to withdraw funds from a 401(k) for your child’s college expenses. In fact, you can use a 401(k) to pay for college. But remember the adage: Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

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