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Food & Wine

Chocolaty character of stout beers blends spicy, sweet ingredients

Chocolaty character of stout beers blends spicy, sweet ingredients


photo Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
Aged coffee beans join beer in Modern Times’ bourbon barrel stout.

Dark beers like stout highlight flavors reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, resulting in a great canvas for brewers to blend nontraditional in...

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Your Health

El Camino Hospital expands mental health treatment options

El Camino Hospital expands mental health treatment options


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Shovels in hand, Dr. Peter Fung, from left, El Camino Healthcare District board chairman; Russ Satake, El Camino Hospital Foundation board chairman; donors Donna and John Shoemaker; State Sen. Jerry Hill; and Assemblyman Rich ...

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Your Home

Holidays by design: Los Altos company provides  seasonal decorating service

Holidays by design: Los Altos company provides seasonal decorating service


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Amy Fischer of Spectrum Interior Design decorated Los Altos resident Katie Beers’ living room for the holidays last week.

Don’t worry if you have no time to shop for unique holiday decor, decorate Christma...

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On The Road

Matt goes full throttle to fix BMW

In November 2015, one of my newer customers brought in his 2011 BMW Z4 35i because the service-engine-soon light went on.

He explained that the car did not idle well and was low on power. We connected the car to the Integrated Service Technical Appl...

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Senior Lifestyles

Making beautiful music together: Foothill Symphonic Winds inspires members of all ages

Making beautiful music together: Foothill Symphonic Winds inspires members of all ages


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Members of the ensemble rehearse at Blach Intermediate School.

Something special happens Wednesday nights at Blach Intermediate School. Seventy or so people ranging in age from 18 to 85, of varied backgroun...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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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 accuratel...

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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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