Los Altos clinic gives free oxygen therapy to 4-year-old


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A child receives hyperbaric oxygen treatment at Bay Area Hyperbarics’ Los Gatos location.

As a toddler, Alex fell into his family’s Florida swimming pool and nearly drowned. The accident left him brain damaged, but a new treatment offered in Los Altos has given his family hope.

Now 4, Alex (name changed for privacy) recently received 40 hours of hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Bay Area Hyperbarics, located at 4856 El Camino Real.

Storefront swaps bring more sweets to downtown Mountain View


Photos by Megan Winslow/Town Crier
The Books Inc. location, will be sandwiched between a new Paris Baguette and the new location for an existing Mountain View workout studio.

Walking down Castro Street in Mountain View this fall, it sometimes seemed as though a coming/going/moving sign had popped into a different business’ window each day.

Some longtime tenants have only changed locale – Books Inc. moved a few doors down to 317 Castro St., the space previously occupied by BookBuyers. And Icicles, the not-yet-opened rolled ice cream specialist, changed storefronts before even opening. It now has preparations in progress at 292 Castro St., former (brief) location of Buffalo, the “burgers, bear and bao” specialist and then, also briefly, the projected new home of a rival ice cream enterprise.

Q&A with Pat Kapp: Get to know the new president of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce


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Pat Kapp, center, works with Nicole Walton, left, and Kris Olson, right, at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

With longtime Los Altos Chamber of Commerce President Julie Rose retiring last month, the Commerce now has a not-so-new face at the helm – Pat Kapp. Kapp joined the Chamber in February as co-president in preparation for Rose’s departure.

Kapp recently responded to the Town Crier’s questions about her plans for the future.

Gift guide: Keeping your home safe during the holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebration and giving gifts to family and friends, but it is also a time when safety takes a back seat due to the rush and excitement of the season. People become careless and vulnerable to theft and holiday scams.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors offers the following information to keep homes and homeowners safe and secure during the holiday season.

Holiday pop-up market launches this week in Mountain View


Above and Below left Photos by Kathy Bonte, Below right photo by Caitlin Schaller/Special to the Town Crier
Artisan gifts available at the holiday pop-up market include wallets, above, jewelry and baby clothes.

While holiday shopping can be stressful, the season also can be hard on vendors who set up shop at festival after festival each weekend. That’s what led local business owner Kathy Bonte to organize a holiday pop-up market that’s scheduled to open Friday in Mountain View.

Bonte’s goal is to provide an affordable platform for smaller businesses to sell their handmade goods, as table fees at festivals can be costly.

Gitane boutique hosts fundraiser for PRERNA refugee organization


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PRERNA volunteers welcomed shoppers to their trunk sale fundraiser, co-hosted by Gitane Freedom of Style boutique in downtown Los Altos. Supporters include, from left, Farah Al Saka, Shreyani Shah, Karen Mecker and Dharini Hiremagalur.

With the idea that the season of giving shouldn’t apply just to friends and family, Gitane Freedom of Style boutique on State Street in downtown Los Altos hosted a holiday trunk show fundraiser Nov. 9 for the refugee support organization PRERNA.

In addition to offering shoppers 15 percent off their purchases, Gitane donated 20 percent of the evening’s sales to the nonprofit agency.


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