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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of...

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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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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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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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