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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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Lodge told she won't return as LAHS athletic director

Los Altos High intends to replace athletic director Monica Lodge once her three-year appointment ends in June.

Los Altos principal David Brazer informed Lodge of his decision not to reappoint her during an evaluation meeting on April 1.

"I need a different person in that leadership role," Brazer said.

The principal said he has sent out a memo inviting all on-campus coaches to apply for the position, and interviews will begin by the end of the month.

Brazer would not cite specific reasons for making the change, but he did want to make one thing clear.

"Monica hasn't done anything really horrendous that says she incompetent," he said. "I don't want anyone to think she's done anything egregious."

Lodge, who will continue her job as physical education teacher, said she was disappointed by Brazer's decision.

However, she hasn't given up hope of retaining the athletic director position she's held for the past six years. Lodge has decided to exercise her right to reapply for the job.

"I hope to be reappointed so I can continue the growth and redevelopment of the whole program," said Lodge, who's been a part of the athletic department since 1966.

Others affiliated with Los Altos also want Lodge to remain athletic director.

"I've had so much support from coaches, parents and students," Lodge said. "Some coaches have even sent letters of support, and I've received a lot of phone calls from people."

Brazer said a group of students addressed him last week about having Lodge continue as athletic director.

In addition, wrestling coach Nick Testa and Los Altos parents Pete and Ann Bjorklund met with Brazer April 8 in an attempt to keep Lodge on the job.

"It was a very positive meeting," Testa said. "I think we made some progress."

Brazer declined to comment when asked if there's any chance Lodge could still return as athletic director.

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