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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

Foothill STEM camps offer resources for low-income students

Foothill STEM camps offer resources for low-income students


Sana Khader/Town Crier
Students use software connected to a 3D printer, left, to create a miniature San Francisco, including the Ferry Building, below, at Foothill’s STEM Summer Camps.

Expanding efforts to spark and inspire students’ int...

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Community

Local resident cooks her way from cheerleader to Food Fighters

Local resident cooks her way from cheerleader to Food Fighters


Courtesy of the MacDonald family
Amber MacDonald competes on an episode of “Food Fighters,” scheduled to air 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.

A newly arrived Los Altos family has an unusually public get-to-know-you moment this week – Amber MacDonald and ...

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Letters to the Editor

Ad-plane flyover marred festival

I hope that other residents who share my concern that the Geico plane flying low over the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival and our homes for hours on end marred the “fun for everyone” that the Town Crie...

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Special Sections

Heart attack survivor cherishes life after near-death experience

Heart attack survivor cherishes life after near-death experience


Photos Courtesy of Tim Pierce
Los Altos Hills resident Tim Pierce, right with emergency medical responder Steve Crowley, suffered a heart attack in May.

After what Tim Pierce went through recently, no wonder he tries to cherish every moment as if he...

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Business

PAMF debuts cosmetic surgery center

PAMF debuts cosmetic surgery center


John Ho/Special to the Town Crier
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Center for Cosmetic Surgery at 715 Altos Oaks Drive is the organization’s first center focused solely on cosmetic procedures.

Los Altos’ newest medical office – the...

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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

Engineer builds second career as actor

Engineer builds second career as actor


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Actors rehearse for Foothill Music Theatre’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The cast includes, from left, Tomas Theriot, Todd Wright, Mike Meadors and Ray D’Ambrosio. ...

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Spiritual Life

Christ Episcopal pastor departs Los Altos for new post in SF

Christ Episcopal pastor departs Los Altos for new post in SF


Courtesy of Sara BoaDwee
Christ Episcopal Church celebrated the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Young and his wife, Heidi, at a farewell luau June 28.

Members and friends of Christ Episcopal Church bid farewell June 28 to the Rev. Dr. Malcolm C. Yo...

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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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Former Los Altos resident, Nick Mardesich, 80


Mr. Mardesich

Former Los Altos resident Nick Mardesich died unexpectedly in his Cupertino home Aug. 16. He was 80.

Mr. Mardesich’s family emigrated from Yugoslavia to Cupertino. The family at one time owned orchards of cherries, apricots and prunes. It was there that his lifelong love for the land blossomed. The Mardesiches farmed the orchards until irrigating and spraying regulations became too cumbersome to continue.

Mr. Mardesich graduated from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and San Jose State University before being drafted in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard the heavy cruiser USS St. Paul.

After his military service, Mr. Mardesich, his wife, Barbara, and their children, Michael and Connie, lived in Los Altos for 23 years while he worked as a controller at Hewlett-Packard Co. in Palo Alto.

With his brothers John and Joe, Mr. Mardesich formed Mardesich Co., a commercial property business, which he managed until his death.

Mr. Mardesich was proud of his Yugoslavian heritage. His family hailed from Komiza, a small village on the island of Viz, in the region now known as Croatia. He took his family to visit their roots in 1974.

As has been the tradition in Croatian families for centuries, property passes down from the eldest son to the eldest son. Mr. Mardesich, as the eldest son of an eldest son of an eldest son, became the legal owner of the small house his family had lived in for generations.

It meant a great deal to his Croatian family when Mr. Mardesich and his family returned from their visit and he went to the consulate in San Francisco and legally deeded the house to his father’s brother. The Mardesiches were told that the uncle wept with joy at being owner of the land, and they said the generous gift speaks to the kind of man Mr. Mardesich was.

Mr. Mardesich and his wife traveled to 63 countries and all 50 United States, but he considered his trip to Croatia his favorite, because it cemented for his children his love of being “Slav.” The Mardesiches celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just two weeks before his death.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a favorite charity or the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org).

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