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Food & Wine

Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Above Photo by Rhonda Mak/Town Crier; Below Photo by Joyce Oudkerk Pool/Special to the Town Crier; Right Photo courtesy of Manresa Bread
Nabeela Aijaz, above left, retail manager at Manresa Bread’s Los Altos location, teams up with baker Avery R...

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Your Health

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town crier
El Camino Hospital’s mental health and addiction services leaders Michael Fitzgerald and Lauren Olaiz, above, review artwork, right, by participants in the After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Educa...

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Your Home

Filoli offers free admission to military personnel

Filoli offers free admission to military personnel


Town Crier File Photo
Filoli invites military personnel to tour the estate and grounds at no charge as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

Filoli estate in Woodside is one of more than 2,000 museums and cultural institutions in the U.S. that will of...

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On The Road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road


We have always enjoyed our visits to England, but this year we did something different. Rather than visit the standard tourist destinations – London, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and so forth – we decided to explore new areas by car...

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Senior Lifestyles

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Recreation & Community Services Department Director Manny Hernandez praises Los Altos seniors.

 

Manny Hernandez joined the city of Los Altos staff last March as director of the Recreation & Community Services De...

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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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Local remodeling firm recognized as one of top women-owned businesses

Avalon Enterprises, Inc., a residential design and remodeling firm in Mountain View, was named to the Top-50 list for "Largest Women-Owned Business" in the Silicon Valley on Aug. 16 at a celebration at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. The list was generated by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal and ranked by the most recent fiscal-year revenue.

Kacey Fitzpatrick, the owner and president of Avalon Enterprises, is a Los Altos resident who graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Art Design and Architecture and founded her design-build company in 1994.

Fitzpatrick, who recently received the national "Big 50" award for industry excellence in remodeling, is an award-winning designer, licensed contractor and a NARI Certified Remodeler - a designation by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). There are currently about 400 individuals in the United States who have met the criteria, passed the required examination and earned this designation.

Avalon was No. 48 on the list of top 50 largest women-owned businesses, with just over $2 million in revenue in 2000.

During her first five years in business, Fitzpatrick managed all aspects of all projects and the business herself, with a focus on professionalism, customer service, project management, and completing projects on schedule. She now has six full-time employees and according to Fitzpatrick, the focus is still "doing what we say we will do, and providing superior design and craftsmanship on time and on budget."

When asked the secret to her success Fitzpatrick said, "We listen to our clients. We focus on their needs and their dreams, and we make them a reality." She also credits her employees, who are responsible for "carrying out our vision and values on a day-to-day basis."

Avalon specializes in large, complex residential remodeling projects with attention to detail, design and craftsmanship. They have completed many award-winning residential design-build projects in their service area reaching from Los Gatos, through Los Altos to Portola Valley.

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