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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.

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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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Mountain View High grad Elman helps UCLA rugby team to playoffs

Photo Brad Elman/Special To The Town Crier

Mountain View High graduate Aaron Elman, left, takes part in a scrum during UCLA’s playoff rugby match against Cal April 17.

Despite losing to Cal-Berkeley in the USA Rugby Men’s Division I collegiate playoffs, UCLA players – including Los Altos native Aaron Elman – were feeling pretty good about themselves at game’s end.

The underdog Bruins were more than satisfied with their offensive effort against the second-seeded Bears in the round of 16.

“Our offense was great tonight,” Elman said after UCLA’s 65-32 loss April 17 at Life University in Marietta, Ga. “We scored more points against Cal than any other team in the tournament in a very long time.”

The Bears have dominated rugby, winning 12 of the last 14 national titles. They rarely surrender more than a handful of points.

“(This) has been a fantastic year for Bruin rugby,” said Elman, a flanker.

A 2008 Mountain View High graduate, Elman didn’t play rugby until college. At the beginning of his freshman year, Elman’s roommate introduced him to the UCLA rugby team.

Although a newcomer to the sport, Elman already had an established weight-room and cardio training regimen from his days throwing the shot put and discus at Mountain View High, which he said prepared him well for the physical demands of rugby.

After learning the game as a freshman, Elman earned considerable playing time his sophomore year – including in the playoffs.

“Rugby has been a great experience for me,” Elman said. “The team work, conditioning and off-the-field camaraderie has made this a fantastic extracurricular activity.”

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