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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


Rendering courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. Red lines indicate vehicle access points, and yellow lines represent pedestri...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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Comment

What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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ECH honors Norma Melchor


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Jack Melchor reads the program during a ceremony Dec. 20 at El Camino Hospital honoring his wife, Norma Melchor.

El Camino Hospital honored the late Norma Melchor Dec. 20 by renaming its Heart and Vascular Institute after the longtime benefactor and Los Altos resident.

Hospital officials unveiled the newly titled Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute of El Camino Hospital during a short ceremony at the hospital, which came on the heels of a recent multimillion-dollar gift by the Melchor family to support clinical programs and research at the institute. Coupled with their most recent gift, the Melchor family is responsible for the largest cumulative gift total to the hospital’s foundation.

Melchor, a former surgical nurse and ardent supporter of the hospital for more than 50 years, died Feb. 17 at the age of 87. She originally joined the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary in 1957 before the hospital opened its doors and organized tours of the hospital when it opened in 1961.

“When the hospital was being built, there was just this steel structure on one corner,” Jack Melchor recalled of his wife’s early involvement. “Norma would run up and down the stairs – they just had this stairway with steel beams all over the place. She would go with a group of people up this flight of stairs to the third floor and show them how the hospital was going to look … at that time the hospital was all steel frames except for that stairway.”

Later that year, she served as the chairwoman of Training at the hospital, before becoming its vice president and chairwoman of Services in 1962, eventually rising to the role of president in 1963. Melchor also co-chaired the Citizens Committee for the hospital district.

“It really brought a lot of joy to her, from her experience as a nurse, to be involved with the hospital, but more importantly, to see that the community was going to have much better health care than it had,” Greg Melchor recalled of his mother’s role in the hospital’s founding.

In 1974, she began the first of four terms as a member of the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors.

Melchor and her husband continued their philanthropic efforts through multiple gifts, including a leadership gift to establish the El Camino Hospital Foundation in 1982, and donated the land that is now the home of the hospital’s Melchor Pavilion.

“Outside of her family,” Jack said, “this was her first love.”

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