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Food & Wine

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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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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