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Food & Wine

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists


Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Ghraybeh shortbread cookies use sweet-tasting ghee in lieu of butter.

 

When Americans think of the shortbread cookie, they often imagine the traditional Scottish cookies, shaped like oblong rectangles and ...

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Your Health

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food


Courtesy of Community Services Organization
CSA staff load groceries to take to Castro Elementary School as part of a new outreach program for children and families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs at Castro and Mistral schools.

Maureen...

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Your Home

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Art restorer Rho Brown performs delicate preservation work in her Los Altos studio, above. Once fully restored, below left, it’s difficult to tell which cherub was previously missing its head. Brown’s studio conta...

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On The Road

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S


Photo by Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier; Bottom Right Photo courtesy of Chrysler
The Andersons recently drove the new Chrysler 300S to Danville’s Blackhawk Museum, where they saw “The Spirit of the Old West” exhibition.

 

When you have a p...

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Senior Lifestyles

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life


RAMYA KRISHNA/TOWN CRIER
Doreta Strotman performs the classics with her signature jazz-style improvisations at Los Altos Grill Sunday evenings. The Mountain View resident has been playing since the age of 4.

Sunday evenings, Doreta Strotman’s job is to...

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Wedding To Remember

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox


 

With nine fine-jewelry retailers concentrated along the Main Street corridor, downtown Los Altos offers a wealth of options for engagement and wedding ring shoppers. From one end of Main to the other, the choices range from the traditional to t...

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Your Kids

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards


 

Providing local students with a tangible outdoor learning experience, the Living Classroom program aims to support a new generation of students who are excited about the environment.

The Living Classroom serves 9,000 students locally in the Los ...

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Back to School

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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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