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Citrus-y beers celebrate summer

Citrus-y beers celebrate summer


Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
Session beers offer an alcohol content low enough to sustain sipping through a long, lazy picnic. Local breweries are celebrating the citrus hop style now in vogue with other fruit-forward influences.

With the h...

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Your Health

Reading in sign,  ink and song

Reading in sign, ink and song


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A baby girl learns sign language during a program offered Wednesdays at the Los Altos Library.

Visit Los Altos Library’s community room on a Wednesday afternoon and you’ll see its plain gray expanse descend into ...

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Your Home

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Amy Randazzo purchases older homes in Mountain View to “flip” after they undergo a makeover. Her transformed houses feature open floor plans and she searches for properties with “good bones.”

Amy Randazzo is improving neighb...

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On The Road

A different kind  of driving school

A different kind of driving school


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Andersons observe Bixby Bridge – located on Highway 1 near Big Sur – from a dirt road during their recent Land Rover Experience Driving School lesson.

It is always exciting to do something youR...

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Senior Lifestyles

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids


Photo Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Senior Program volunteers – affectionately known as The Monkey Toy Ladies – make sock monkeys to comfort sick children.

Last year, nearly 400 children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital received a special ...

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Wedding To Remember

The Veils of Time

The Veils of Time


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum

For a new spin on the Town Crier’s “Peek into the Past,” the Los Altos History Museum has been gathering historical local wedding photos and the stories behind them.

Frances Elizabeth Shoup, second...

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accurately whether ...

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Women In Business

When it comes to women and business in Los Altos, words like "progressive" and "opportunity" come to mind for heads of business associations.

Some communities have seen dramatic increases in women-owned business in recent years. But Los Altos, some say, has had strong women representation in business - and leadership - going back at least two decades.

"I think (discrimination against women) still exists, but this community is more progressive," said Kathleen Byrne, executive director of the 160-member Los Altos Village Association.

Byrne said approximately half the membership of the downtown association involves businesses owned or managed by women.

Many of the major banks in Los Altos, such as Sanwa, Bank of the West and Wells Fargo, all have women managers, Byrne pointed out. She also noted leadership among business women was prevalent in Los Altos even 20 years ago, through such business owners as the late Marion Jackston. It was through her efforts that the annual Festival of Lights Parade - one of the biggest attractions in Los Altos - came about.

Another prominent figure is Jane Reed, a former Los Altos mayor, whose vision of a community plaza resulted in the building of the plaza, at State and Main streets. Reed, a former executive director of the association, is regarded as playing a pivotal role in the group's growth.

Julie Rose, executive director of the 425-member Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, said she has not heard of any negative comments from the women business owners about feeling underrepresented in the community. In fact, of the 21 voting members on the Board of Directors of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, there is an almost equal division of women to men. Voting members must be local business owners.

Myrna Hayes, owner of A La Carte Staffing, is a prime example of acceptance of local woman-owned businesses. Her company has been owned by women for 20 years. Hayes took it over five years ago. Hayes said she's experienced no negative gender-awareness, and credits this to doors being opened by women before her.

Jean Newton Public Relations, another woman-owned company in Los Altos, was started by Jean Newton in her home in 1984. She moved into her first office in 1993, and then into her current office across from the post office in 1996. Like Hayes, she enjoys doing business in downtown Los Altos. She mentioned "the friendly, warm atmosphere of the town that supports creativity."

Newton feels that being involved in the local community is important to her and her business.

Jane Bigelow, manager of Seville Properties for more than 20 years, said the Los Altos real estate company was founded by women.

Although Bigelow is the only woman manager of a real estate company in Los Altos, she said that female representation in retail is much better.

Bigelow spoke of the positive representation of women involved in retail in the community. In fact, women retail entrepreneurs are not the exception in Los Altos, she said.

Los Altos doesn't have a specific group for women owning their businesses. Mountain View, however, has a group for professional women called, "Women in Business" that meets the second Tuesday of every month at Michael's at Shoreline Restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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