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Art with a (re)purpose


Courtesy of Tami Vazquez
Restoration Illumination founder Tami Vazquez works on a French sign. The Los Altos resident repurposes old items into wall signs and furniture.

When Tami Vazquez’s second son was born, the Los Altos resident knew she wanted to spend more time at home with Mateo and older son Ricardo than her corporate job would allow.

“I went to work right away after my first (son) was born, and I felt like I was missing out on too much – all the milestones like, ‘He crawled today! He did his first smile!’” Vazquez said.


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


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.


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