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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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