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Food & Wine

'Galentine's Day' celebrates romance of truly great pals

'Galentine's Day' celebrates romance of truly great pals


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Champagne Moutard Rosé de Cuvaison Brut screams “Valentine’s Day,” with pink bubbles fit for an evening with chocolate and loved ones.

I didn’t plan to have the incredible female friendships I have. As ...

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Your Health

Mountain View teen won't let diabetes sink her fun

Mountain View teen won't let diabetes sink her fun


Courtesy of the Sorenson Family
Cipriana Sorenson, right, with brother Kai and parents Holt and Beth, maintains an active lifestyle despite her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.

Studies show that approximately 1.25 million Americans are living with Typ...

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Your Home

Keeping rainwater in the garden

Keeping rainwater in the garden


Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier
The maroon flowers of spicebush boast an interesting winey fragrance. Native to moist places, spicebush is a large, deciduous shrub that provides good wildlife cover.

Native plants can handle lots of rain ...

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On The Road

Tips to keep dogs from getting carsick

Tips to keep dogs from getting carsick


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Having a dog face forward in a car can help with car sickness.

With winter travel in high gear, many people plan to hit the road with their pooches. However, for some four-legged family members, road trips can mean up...

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Senior Lifestyles

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Lloyd Lettis, 96, of Mountain View plays tennis three days a week at Los Altos High School.

Ninety-six-year-old Mountain View resident Lloyd Lettis seems to have a gene for longevity. And one for farming. And another for t...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accuratel...

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Local remodeling firm recognized as one of top women-owned businesses

Avalon Enterprises, Inc., a residential design and remodeling firm in Mountain View, was named to the Top-50 list for "Largest Women-Owned Business" in the Silicon Valley on Aug. 16 at a celebration at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. The list was generated by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal and ranked by the most recent fiscal-year revenue.

Kacey Fitzpatrick, the owner and president of Avalon Enterprises, is a Los Altos resident who graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Art Design and Architecture and founded her design-build company in 1994.

Fitzpatrick, who recently received the national "Big 50" award for industry excellence in remodeling, is an award-winning designer, licensed contractor and a NARI Certified Remodeler - a designation by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). There are currently about 400 individuals in the United States who have met the criteria, passed the required examination and earned this designation.

Avalon was No. 48 on the list of top 50 largest women-owned businesses, with just over $2 million in revenue in 2000.

During her first five years in business, Fitzpatrick managed all aspects of all projects and the business herself, with a focus on professionalism, customer service, project management, and completing projects on schedule. She now has six full-time employees and according to Fitzpatrick, the focus is still "doing what we say we will do, and providing superior design and craftsmanship on time and on budget."

When asked the secret to her success Fitzpatrick said, "We listen to our clients. We focus on their needs and their dreams, and we make them a reality." She also credits her employees, who are responsible for "carrying out our vision and values on a day-to-day basis."

Avalon specializes in large, complex residential remodeling projects with attention to detail, design and craftsmanship. They have completed many award-winning residential design-build projects in their service area reaching from Los Gatos, through Los Altos to Portola Valley.

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