Senior Lifestyles

'The General' and the negotiator: For Roy and Maureen Jones, giving has no season

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Among Roy and Maureen Jones’ many philanthropic endeavors, they oversee the local Toys for Tots collection.

For Los Altos residents Roy and Maureen Jones, giving back is a team effort.

The duo, owners of All Horizons Travel at 160 Main St., regularly contribute travel prizes and other gifts to help organizations such as the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Los Altos raise funds for local causes. To do so, the couple often look for help from travel industry contacts they’ve established since purchasing All Horizons Travel in 1989.


Los Altos resident celebrates her 100th birthday with party

Photos Courtesy of Marilyn Groves
Los Altos resident Elsie Monson, left, turned 100 years old Sept. 26. Her wish is to meet her new great-grandson, Teo.

Los Altos resident Elsie Monson’s lucky number is 100 – she recently celebrated her 100th birthday with more than 100 family members and friends.

Mrs. Monson’s daughter Marilyn Groves and her son-in-law, Tim, hosted the party at their Cupertino home Sept. 27. Out-of-state guests included Mrs. Monson’s daughter, Judy Monson of Carson City, Nev., and granddaughter Cara George and her husband, Darrell, of Scappoose, Ore. Mrs. Monson’s grandson, Major John Principe, is stationed at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and was unable to attend the party. Principe is the father of Mrs. Monson’s first great-grandchild, Teo, born Aug. 22.


Piano provides more than one lesson

For the hobbyist, persistence can sometimes lead to proficiency. Sometimes.


Grant Park Senior Center offers new gathering spot

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Guests gather on opening day at the Grant Park Senior Center last week.

With the opening of the Grant Park Senior Center last week, Los Altos seniors will have a second location for casual gathering and programs. During the center’s pilot phase scheduled through January, volunteers will open the facility 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

“This will help us look after a sector of the community that is underserved,” said volunteer coordinator Lynette Lee Eng. “These are the people who have made Los Altos what it is today.”


Retired teacher and school secretary reflect on education system

As local students settle in to the new school year, so, too, do teachers, principals and school administrators. No matter how long they have been retired, former teachers, principals and school staff members can recall vividly the hustle and bustle of school days.

Former Los Altos resident Donald Paisley, 86, who now lives at Moldaw Residences retirement community in Palo Alto, remembers very well how much time and effort is required of a teacher and principal.


Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future

Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serve seniors.

After undergoing a five-year renovation, Mountain View’s Villa Siena senior living community eyes the future with a renewed commitment to serve the ever-growing aging population.

The three-phase, $35 million project – which broke ground on the 4-acre site at 1855 Miramonte Ave. in 2009 and ended in January – expanded and upgraded the facility’s independent-living, assisted-living and skilled-nursing accommodations and added a library, wellness center and café, among other amenities.


Teen's community service focuses on seniors

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Kristy Taves, who volunteers at The Terraces at Los Altos, loves to hear seniors’ stories.

Service began early for Mountain View resident Kristy Taves.

While in middle school at St. Nicholas Catholic School, Taves, now 18, realized that seniors and those who are physically challenged can be overlooked, so she set out to remedy the situation.


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