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Sports lounge closes; Present searches for a new home


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
First & Main Sports Lounge, left, closed last week. It was the only sports bar in Los Altos. At right, Jim Daley (without glasses) and Jim Reynolds, right, the men behind Present, are looking for a new space in the city after their sublease on Main Street has run out.

The taps at First & Main Sports Lounge stopped running last week as the bar and eatery closed for good. The only venue of its kind in Los Altos, First & Main was known for its 18 taps of beer and casual, locals-oriented atmosphere.

Co-owner and general manager Robert Peters couldn’t be reached for comment by the Town Crier’s press deadline, but a glance inside the darkened space showed a semi-dismantled bar, half of which had been under construction in recent months. The location at 397 Main St. formerly housed Minh’s Vietnamese and before that Shanghai Gourmet.

Realtors create scholarship endowment for student vets at Foothill, De Anza


Courtesy of SILVAR
Guests at the ceremony marking the creation of the John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment for student veterans attending De Anza and Foothill colleges include, from left, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Los Altos/Mountain View District Chairwoman Katherine Frey, association President Karen Trolan, President-elect Denise Welsh, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Development Director Dennis Cima, Dean of the Disability Resource Center and Veterans Programs at Foothill College Teresa Ong, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Executive Director Tess Chandler and Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation President Eileen Giorgi.

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, recently created a scholarship endowment for student veterans attending Foothill and De Anza colleges.

The John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment was formally presented to officials of both colleges last week at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

Realtors create scholarship endowment for student vets at Foothill, De Anza


Courtesy of SILVAR
Guests at the ceremony marking the creation of the John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment for student veterans attending De Anza and Foothill colleges include, from left, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Los Altos/Mountain View District Chairwoman Katherine Frey, association President Karen Trolan, President-elect Denise Welsh, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Development Director Dennis Cima, Dean of the Disability Resource Center and Veterans Programs at Foothill College Teresa Ong, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Executive Director Tess Chandler and Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation President Eileen Giorgi.

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, recently created a scholarship endowment for student veterans attending Foothill and De Anza colleges.

The John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment was formally presented to officials of both colleges last week at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

Local 3-story homes have complicated history


Asher Kohn/Town Crier
A new three-story home going up on Fairway Drive in Los Altos is subject to county zoning.

Arthur Meyers was out walking before Christmas when he noticed what he thought was a three-story home on Fairway Drive, near Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

“They don’t have any idea of the neighborhood,” he said of houses that seemed to tower over neighboring residences. “It’s just a huge box.”

Revisiting the idea of 'smart beta'

In Part I on this topic in my Dec. 21 column, I explained what beta is. Understanding “beta” is integral to understanding the marketing concept known as “smart beta.”

In this column, I will address smart beta and whether it’s worth allocating your investment dollars to exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that use it.

Time's up for Mohr Clocks


Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Gavin Barta explores the inventory at Mohr Clocks. The clock sales and repair store, which has been on El Camino Real since Horst Mohr opened it in 1956, closed at the end of December.

Mohr Clocks shuttered its doors just before Christmas Day, turning the lights off on what may have been Los Altos’ oldest business.

Norm Mohr took over the business from his father, Horst, who opened the clock sales and repair store at 4856 El Camino Real in 1965.


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