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Recent renovation keeps Spangler business at home


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The Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos, built in the 1950s, has been in the Spangler family for three generations.

Spangler Mortuary recently underwent a full renovation at its Los Altos location on San Antonio Road. A ribbon-cutting ceremony held early this month underscored the local business’ commitment to remaining in the community.

“A lot of the renovation was replacing carpets, walls and color schemes,” said Jim Spangler, the third-generation owner of Spangler Mortuaries, which also includes locations in Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Menlo Park.


Los Altos woman turns family business into landscaping powerhouse


Photos courtesy of Gachina Landscape Management
H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina heads Gachina Landscape Management.

John Gachina spent decades in landscaping and nearly 30 years building Gachina Landscape Management from the roots up before passing away from cancer at the end of 2015.

The company he started with two employees out of his Cupertino home had expanded to more than 300 since he founded the company in 1988. The Gachinas moved to Los Altos – near Santa Rita School – in the mid-1990s. His wife, H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina, took over soon after his passing.

Turn gets a new look from a familiar face in downtown LA


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Robin Berard, center, works with general manager Jennifer Smith, right, to get food out of the kitchen at Turn Bar & Grill. Berard recently reopened the restaurant with an experienced kitchen and floor staff.

After Turn Bar & Grill went dark for a few days last week, a familiar face is back on Main Street with some old and new friends.

Robin Berard, one of the original partners behind the restaurant’s 2015 opening, has returned as Turn’s owner-operator.

Realtors' auction supports charity


courtesy of Silicon Valley Association of Realtors

The SILVAR auction featured prizes donated by local realtors and affiliates. The event generated $4,550 for their charity foundation.

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Los Altos/Mountain View District raised $4,550 for charity at their fourth annual pumpkin auction Oct. 21 at Hillview Community Center.

Local real estate companies and affiliates donated the 11 auction items.

Pinewood student serves as envoy to start-ups


Photos courtesy of Maxine Marcus
Maxine Marcus is a Pinewood School student and CEO of a new teen-focused consultancy, The Ambassadors Company.

Virtually any start-up worth its venture capital must get young people excited about its product. It’s a consultant’s dream to advise companies on how to attract teenagers.

Maxine Marcus is already there – she fits consulting in between classes, golf practice and tech club. Marcus, a 16-year-old junior at Pinewood School, is CEO of The Ambassadors Company, which gives companies teen insights into their products.


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