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FAA report

FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

The Federal Aviation...

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Schools

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Almond community packs meals for those in need


Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and...

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Community

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at T...

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Comment

Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also note...

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Special Sections

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Melissa and Nick French, right with son Grayson, pooled their talents to design their dream home. Melissa designed the living room sofa and table.

Melissa and Nick French took “do it yourself” to a new dimens...

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Business

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

Chamber ...

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People

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristal...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the perfo...

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Spiritual Life

Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests...

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Los Altos wrestlers take hold of success

Prep roundup

Los Altos High wrestling coach Nick Testa says this year's team is the best he's ever had, and it's hard to argue with him.

The Eagles have competed in three tournaments this season, winning two and placing second in the other.

"This is the best start we've ever had," said Testa, in his seventh year as coach. "We had never won a tournament before this year."

The team's latest victory came Dec. 20 at the James Lick Tournament in San Jose. Los Altos tallied 158 points in the 20-team competition. Host James Lick finished second with 155 1/2 and Westmont took third with 147.

Nine Eagles placed in the tourney and four advanced to the finals: Matt Young (135 pounds), Tony Suber (160), Jon Wiener (171) and Chris Mazurkiewicz (215).

Testa considers his team the favorite to win the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division, though Palo Alto has the coach a little concerned.

"Palo Alto has four good kids," Testa said, "but I think we have more than four."

The coach considers 189-pound senior Gunars Turaids his best wrestler. His other top grapplers include Edwin Valle (103) Matt Charles (145), Cesar Valle (119), Anthony Davis (heavyweight), Young, Suber, Wiener and Mazurkiewicz.

The Eagles return to the mat Jan. 8., traveling to Saratoga for a 6:30 p.m. match that signals the start of league competition.

Boys Basketball

The St. Francis High boys basketball team beat Palo Alto 55-48 in the championship round of the Fremont Holiday Tournament Dec. 23 in Sunnyvale.

Senque Carey led the Lancers (6-1) with 20 points and center Adam Buck added 18.

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