Latest phishing scam uses phony calendar invitations

First it was emails. Then it was text messages. Now the latest phishing scam involves calendar invitations.

According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers are infiltrating default calendar settings to plant phony events laced with phishing links on targets’ schedules.

New owners turn the page at downtown Linden Tree Books

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Chris Saccheri and Florina Grosskurth are the new owners of Linden Tree Books, taking over for Jill Curcio and Dianne Edmonds.

Linden Tree Books acquired new owners this month after a yearlong search for a community-based buyer interested in continuing the independent children’s bookseller’s legacy.

Founded by Linda and Dennis Ronberg in downtown Los Altos in 1981, Linden Tree was taken up by local parents Jill Curcio and Dianne Edmonds in 2010 when the Ronbergs retired. Nearly a decade later, Edmonds and Curcio wanted to hand over the reins, so they started a local search for a new caretaker.

Ace Hardware to open in former OSH Mountain View site


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Ace Hardware plans to open at the old Orchard Supply Hardware site on Charleston Road in Mountain View Sept. 25.

Fans of Orchard Supply Hardware were stunned when a liquidation sale began just days after customers and employees learned of the chain’s impending nationwide closure in August 2018.

Just more than a year later, former competitor Ace Hardware will open in the 34,000-square-foot space where OSH Mountain View previously stood, the retailer’s public relations representative confirmed last month.

Sandwich shop opens, showing Mountain View some 'Love'


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Ike’s Love & Sandwiches founder Ike Shehadeh welcomes customers at the grand opening of his new location in Mountain View last week.
 

The line was 15 people deep when Ike’s Love & Sandwiches opened at 10 a.m. By lunchtime, it nearly stretched out the door of the Mountain View restaurant.

Whether attracted by the chance to claim one of 50 free sandwiches or by the opportunity to meet founder Ike Shehadeh himself, hundreds of Bay Area residents attended last week’s grand-opening celebration for the newest tenant of the Rengstorff Center.

Accounting firm moves from Los Altos office after 25 years


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The accounting firm Knight & Co. recently moved to 419 S. San Antonio Road after 25 years at 425 First St.
 

Knight & Co. Certified Public Accounts has made a move, but it didn’t go far. The firm remains in downtown Los Altos, recently relocating just a few blocks away from the building it occupied for 25 years.

Firm partner and longtime Los Altos resident Kamrin Knight Desmond said she and her colleagues “absolutely loved” their former space at 425 First St., and their lease with developer Jeff Warmoth – who purchased the property a year ago – wasn’t set to expire until December 2020. But the building’s continued history of water leaks – a problem Warmoth said he was always vigilant about addressing – and the city’s 2018 decision to approve the building’s overhaul into a three-story, 20-unit multifamily housing complex prompted Knight & Co. to expedite the move.

Ristorante reversal: From Bella Vita to La Scala


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Ristorante Bella Vita closed July 10 after Jan Unlu had a falling out with his business partner. However, Unlu said he plans to reopen under a new name: Ristorante La Scala.

Jan Unlu said things “didn’t work out” between him and his business partner, leading to a temporary closure of downtown mainstay Ristorante Bella Vita July 10. But much to the relief of the restaurant’s regulars, Ristorante Bella Vita is set to reopen in a few weeks under a new name: Ristorante La Scala.

Unlu, who declined to identify his former business partner, sees the restaurant’s renaming and remodeling as a fresh start. His original plan for this year, already in the works, was to open a European eatery on Main Street called Los Altos Bakery & Cafe that would offer something for nearly everyone: organic brunch foods, freshly ground espresso and an assortment of wines. Now, he has put his cafe plans on hold just one week before he was set to sign the lease.


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