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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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ROBERT GRAHAM: Obituary Notices

Died peacefully on March 21, 2009, age 86. Predeceased by his beloved wife Chella in 2003, and by his only son Douglas in February 2009. Survived by brothers Eldon (Vicky) of Michigan, Donald (Phyllis) of Florida, and Loren (Pat) of Massachusetts. Also survived by three daughters, in California: Margaret Lovetro and Patricia (Brad) Caftel, and, in Arizona: Susan (Doug) Rusk and granddaughter Lauren. Born on his grandparents' farm in Indiana, Bob learned early the values of working hard and building a strong character. His father had to struggle during the Depression to find work as a school teacher. So poor that he was literally a starving student, Bob attended Purdue University. The degree in electrical engineering he earned there provided him a long career as an engineer working for Sylvania in Pennsylvania, New York, and Mountain View, and then for Varian Associates in Palo Alto. During World War II, he worked on a top secret project that helped win the war, the proximity fuze. He became an expert in high power traveling wave tubes, and for most of his career specialized in satellite communications. His co-workers say he was always helpful, and he mentored many younger engineers. He was pleased to be mentioned in Norm Pond's book The Tube Guys. Bob lived in Los Altos for more than 50 years. He and Chella enjoyed traveling, and he was proud to have driven a car in all fifty states, plus Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Bob was very handy and could fix just about anything. He loved Big Band music and had a playful sense of humor. Donations appreciated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At rest at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto. Arrangements by Colonial Mortuary, Mountain View.

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