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Mountain View mom takes design skill from kitchen table to factory floor with baby bowl

Photos courtesy of Brooke Boak
The Nummy Bowl is the work of Mountain View mom and product developer Brooke Boak. Boak’s daughters were heavily involved in the testing phase.

After having two daughters, Mountain View resident Brooke Boak had an experience familiar to all parents – scoop oatmeal into a glass bowl, microwave, transfer it to a less fragile vessel for the sloppy circus of baby self-feeding, then face a sink full of dishes. But she also brought a product design focus to her experience in the family kitchen.

“I’ve been in China and seen how the plastics are made. Even if they say they are BPA-free, I wouldn’t trust it,” she noted. “Everything in our house is glass, steel or silicone.”

International travelers: plan extra airport time

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recently introduced new security screening measures that could complicate international travel.

The new regulations, which are being implemented airline by airline, focus on interview-based passenger screening and heightened attention to electronic devices in hand luggage.

LAH-based agriculture titan adds a tiny sideline, in wine

Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
John Vidovich grows Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at his Los Altos Hills home.

If you visit Los Altos Hills resident John Vidovich’s office on San Antonio Road, row after row of filing cabinets list agriculture companies and land holdings, ranging from pomegranate juice bottling to almond processing, with property records organized by county spanning Kern, Kings, Tulare and beyond.

SILVAR meets with Filipino American real estate group's new leadership

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors congratulated the 2017-2018 co-presidents, officers and board directors of the Filipino American Real Estate Professional Association Silicon Valley chapter at a ceremony in Santa Clara last week.

Members of the Filipino American realtor association’s leadership team include SILVAR Global Business Council chairwoman Tess Crescini (Heritage Homes & Investments) and Wilma Baltar (Keller Williams Silicon City), co-presidents; Cheryl Javier (CBC Realty), vice president; Mark Taylan (Direct Mortgage Funding), treasurer; and Gelda Lopez (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage), secretary. SILVAR president Denise Welsh installed the new officers.

Local realtor leads workshop on upgrading homes

Local realtor Matt McCormick is scheduled to lead the workshop “How to Prepare a Property to Maximize Returns” 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Designed to help homeowners upgrade their homes, the workshop will focus on updating and improving spaces for the best financial return. According to McCormick, replacement adds curb appeal to a property, which is important in the sales market. The upgrades he discusses will have an order of return on investment.

Despite high salaries, Santa Clara County ranks low nationally in discretionary income

Trove Technologies Inc. recently released a study revealing that California ranks third worst among states in discretionary income, despite boasting the fourth highest salaries.

Santa Clara County, along with five other California cities – San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego – ranks among the bottom 10 major areas nationwide for discretionary income.

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