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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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