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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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Sports

Spartans vault to the top of CCS

Spartans vault to the top of CCS


Steve Silverman/special to the Town Crier
The Mountain View High gymnastics team last week claimed its first Central Coast Section title. Front, from left: head coach Kayla Chee and assistant coach Youlee Lee. Middle: Melissa Pinker, Natalie Rockho...

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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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Simple rules to keep family travel fun, affordable and stress-free


Photo By: Pete Borello/Town Crier
Photo Pete Borello/Town Crier

Whether traveling to the Grand Canyon or Europe, there are ways to save money.
Special to the Town Crier

If you’ve watched any of the “Vacation” movies, you’ve seen what can go wrong on a family trip.

While hilarity is typically the end result of the mishaps in these movies, certain blunders aren’t as funny in real life. So it’s important to ensure that you and your children will remember your trip for the right reasons. By following a few pieces of advice, you can make your next vacation relaxing and affordable – and a blast for the whole family. Try the following tips, courtesy of Offers.com.

• Score free meals. When you are feeding an entire family, costs add up quickly. Look for hotels that offer a free breakfast, so you can save on one meal each day. Many hotels now offer oatmeal, waffles, eggs and other more kid-friendly selections in addition to the traditional coffee and pastries. To save on other meals, it might be wise to find a hotel room with a refrigerator so that you can stock up on sandwich meat and snacks.

• Find kid-friendly travel. Search for travel discounts where kids fly free or at a reduced rate. In addition, especially if you have younger children who aren’t used to flying, you might want to look for airlines that offer in-flight entertainment options like child-friendly movies. If you’re driving, consider renting a vehicle with built-in child seats or entertainment options like a DVD player.

• Choose a resort with more. Many all-inclusive resorts are especially tailored to families with children of all ages, so if your children are farther apart in age, this may be a good option. Many family-friendly resorts cater to children, tweens and teens alike with age-appropriate activities such as story time, sports and game rooms. Some also offer kids’ camps so that mom and dad can enjoy a little alone time.

• Have a plan. It’s especially important when you are traveling with children to review your plan ahead of time and make them aware of it, so they know what to expect. It’s also a chance to get them excited about your vacation. By sitting down and finding which things each family member would like to do during your trip, you’ll ensure that everyone comes home happy. Many of your destinations may offer free travel guides that can aid in planning, which can also be found at Offers.com/travel.

• Travel light. Instead of cramming a stroller into your car, consider renting a stroller at the attractions you plan to visit. When booking a hotel room, check to see if they have cribs available for your younger children. By eliminating extra items from your load, you’ll keep your sanity.

• Take advantage of coupons and deals. Because many destinations are competing for your dollar, there are plenty of deals and travel coupons to be had. When looking at booking flights or accommodations, or even restaurants once you are on the road, check for money-saving offers online before purchasing. The same goes for theme parks or other attractions you plan to visit.

The easiest and fastest way to find offers is to visit a website like Offers.com, whose staff does the work for you by compiling easy-to-navigate, easy-to-search and verified and updated travel specials for you to peruse. You never know, you might even find a deal that allows you to explore an opportunity you hadn’t yet thought of. n

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