Volunteers Helping Seniors

Posted on May 26, 2010 by  
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What began as a simple desire to help fellow residents, has blossomed over the past 8 years to include almost a dozen cities and hundreds of volunteers.  The focus of all this care an compassion?  Our senior citizens.  Through the years, Carol & I have been a part of many coordinated efforts.  The RSVP program, is once such effort.

The day of volunteering was recently covered by the Town Crier.  Below are highlights from a recent article which highlighted how the program has helped to improve the lives of those assisted …

More than 100 Realtor volunteers helped 46 senior households, in the Los Altos and Mountain View area, during Realtor Service Volunteer Week.

Volunteers from Intero Real Estate Services & the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors helped seniors and the homebound with household. Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a blue-and-yellow logo that identified them as members of the Realtor Service Volunteer Program, workers descended on households to help homeowners and renters with chores they can no longer perform by themselves.

Seniors were grateful for the free service.  “I really appreciate the help,” said one 84-year-old senior, who has requested help for the past two years. “I still do quite a bit of the work myself. I even used to climb the stepladder, but my son gets worried about that, so I don’t do it anymore.”

Three volunteers visited her home to wash exterior windows, move a stove and refrigerator so she could clean underneath and replace her smoke-detector batteries. When a volunteer climbed the stepladder to replace the battery, he noticed there were none. That sparked a memory for the senior homeowner.

“I remember taking it out, but I never replaced it, because I couldn’t reach to put the new one in,” she said.  Local Realtors officially adopted RSVP as a community outreach project in 2002, and it has since expanded to include realtor association members from other cities and counties.

Every May, these volunteers help seniors and the homebound with household tasks, such as washing windows, installing smoke-detector batteries, flipping mattresses, vacuuming, dusting, replacing light bulbs, changing furnace filters and trimming bushes.

Outside the home of a 90-year-old Mountain View resident, the team of Carol Casas, Hilda and Nick loosened dirt in a flowerbed, swept the patio and carport, trimmed ivy in her front yard and washed windows.  “My children have gone and moved away, so it’s wonderful to have help. I couldn’t do it any other way,” the homeowner said. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.”


Two Open Homes This Weekend

Posted on May 20, 2010 by  
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We will be holding two homes open this weekend.  Both of these great houses are located in North Los Altos.

595 Los Altos Avenue will be held open this Saturday & Sunday, May 22nd & 23rd, from 1:30-4:30 pm.

465 Benvenue Avenue will be held open this Sunday, May 23rd, from 1:30-4:30 pm.

Come see these wonderful homes, both built for entertaining and living.  You will absolutely love their locations, their neighborhoods, and their tree lined streets.

Feel free to call the Casas Team for a private showing of either home, or both, at 650-823-1434.


63rd Annual Pet Parade

Posted on May 20, 2010 by  
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Well it was certainly one of the best Pet Parades in a long time, and pristine weather to boot.  We surely enjoyed the riding on the Mayor’s car, with our Chocolate Lab … Coco.  There were hundreds of people lining the street, and even more in the parade.  This is one of those Mayberry moments.  Truly a slice of mom and apple pie.

Below are highlights from a recent article in the Los Altos Town Crier

Creatures of the world united in downtown Los Altos Saturday as thousands of them – two-legged, four-legged, eight-legged, no-legged and winged – thronged Main and State streets for the 63rd annual Kiwanis Club Pet Parade.

It was as if a huge pet store came alive, with families and their pets showing off one another on the sunny spring morning. Animals of all shapes and sizes walked, trotted, wheeled and slithered as visitors – local and out-of-towners – lined the streets, cheering, waving and clapping.

From the tiniest hermit crabs and furry spiders to lean greyhounds and majestic horses, visitors got their fill of the domesticated wildlife.

Not all pets wanted to march, however.

Tucker, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever, sat patiently, tail wagging and tongue lolling, while his master, Spencer Richmond, 8, watched the parade from the sidelines.

The canines stole the show – with a variety of popular breeds represented, including pocket Chihuahuas, rambunctious Terriers and Pomeranians, frisky Golden and Labrador Retrievers, staid St. Bernards, stately Greyhounds, German Shepherds, Pugs and Dachshunds.

Spectators enjoyed the procession of guinea pigs, cats, goats, rabbits, chickens, lizards, rats and canaries.

To the delight of onlookers, many owners outfitted their pets in cute and clever costumes. They paraded their pets in decorated baskets, wagons, strollers and cages. Some dogs wore outfits to match their owners’, while others sat daintily in their owners’ pockets watching curiously.

Lively, foot-tapping tunes from the South Bay Jazz Society, performing in its horse-drawn wagon, and Ye Olde Towne Band, playing from its motorized gazebo bandstand, provided the soundtrack, entertaining participants and onlookers alike.

Approximately 5,000 people attended, according to Lucy Carlton, parade director and former Los Altos police chief.  “Everyone has a great time,” Carlton said. “That’s what community is all about.”


Open House: Sat & Sun, 1:30-4:30 pm

Posted on May 15, 2010 by  
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We will be holding an open house this Saturday and Sunday, May 15th and 16th, from 1:30 – 4:30 pm for our new North Los Altos listing: 465 Benvenue Ave.

Come see this wonderful home built for entertaining and living.

Call the Casas Team for a private showing at 650-823-1434. You will absolutely love this quiet, tree-lined street location.


A Classic Colonial Property

Posted on May 12, 2010 by  
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Listed at $1,195,000 / Sold at $1,160,000
4 Beds / 2.5 Baths / 2460 sqft
Single Family Detached
Represented: Buyer