RotaCare continues free health service for local residents in need

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RotaCare Mountain View, which operates out of El Camino Hospital, provides free health services to patients who cannot afford them.

• Mission: RotaCare Bay Area Inc. is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that provides free medical care to those with the greatest need and the least access to medical care. It operates out of El Camino Hospital.

• 2015 update: RotaCare Mountain View hired a new full-time nurse practitioner in July. The clinic has a new coordinator/site administrator this year. RotaCare participated in the Gift of Surgery Week, held in August in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Surgical Centers. Over the course of the week, PAMF doctors provided free surgeries to 37 RotaCare Mountain View patients. According to PAMF, those surgeries would have cost patients nearly $250,000.


Morning Forum explores secret life of World War II workers

Author and television producer Denise Kiernan shared the compelling and little-known history of “The Girls of Atomic City: Spies, Secrecy and the Manhattan Project” with a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Nov. 3.

Based on her best-selling biographical account “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” (Touchstone, 2013), Kiernan’s presentation addressed the young women who lived and worked in the so-called secret city of Oak Ridge, Tenn., during WWII, a government city supported by workers who had no idea they were enriching uranium for the Manhattan Project – the effort to make the world’s first nuclear weapon.


Cal Water CEO addresses SPARC meeting tonight

Marty Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Co., is scheduled to discuss “Finding Water for a Thirsty California” at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition meeting 6 p.m. today at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Kropelnicki will discuss both drought and flood as well as issues that impact water use beyond weather, including the state’s regulatory climate and Cal Water’s strategy going forward.


Community Briefs

Chopra discusses super genes at Foothill

East West Bookshop has scheduled author Deepak Chopra to discuss “Super Genes: The Future of Well-Being” 7:30 p.m. Friday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Chopra’s presentation will cover a new understanding of genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity.


Rotary Club of Los Altos gives grants to nonprofits

Distribution of Rotary Club grants are, from left, Laura Fulda, Child Advocates; Jerry Moison, Rotary president; Jordan Dancer, Next Door Solutions; Kendra Gjerseth, Rotary; Eileen Tsai, ALearn; Laura Sears, Vida Verde; David Fung, Friends of Deer Hollow; Carmen Ponce, Foothill College; Jim Santucci, KARA; Natalie Morales, Bay Area Cancer Connections; and Marge Bruno, AAUW.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos distributed more than $23,170 to representatives of local service groups during the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund’s 2015 fall granting cycle.

The club’s Fine Art in the Park event in May generated proceeds for the grants.


Los Altos WWII veteran humbled by Honor Flight trip to D.C. memorials

Photo courtesy of Connie Johnson/Honor Flight
Chuck Ohman is pictured during his Honor Flight trip last month. Ohman called his visits to the war memorials “humbling.”

Chuck Ohman of Los Altos has the rare distinction of having participated in and survived the invasion of Omaha Beach on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, two of the most high-profile events of World War II.

A recipient of the Purple Heart and the President’s Unit Citation, Ohman enjoyed the VIP treatment last month during a trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Honor Flight. The nonprofit organization flies veterans to the nation’s capital for visits to the war memorials.


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