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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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Los Altos Student Named National Semi-finalist at American Legion 76th Annual Oratorical Contest


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After winning the California Oratorical Contest, Los Altos student Kate Park represented the state at The American Legion’s 76th National High School Oratorical Contest. The oratorical contest is a constitutional speech contest. After winning quarterfinals, Park advanced to the semi-finals and received a $3,000 scholarship. News: Nationals: http://www.legion.org/oratorical/214872/nine-oratorical-contestants-advance-semifinals http://www.legion.org/oratorical California: http://www.calegion.org/ Menlo Park - Atherton patch: http://menlopark-atherton.patch.com/announcements/student-wins-1st-place-at-the-76th-annual-oratorical-contest Menlo School Newspaper: http://coa.menloschool.org/?p=6420

 

California Oratorical Champion Calls for America's Voice

On April 19, 2013, the American Legion hosted the 76th annual National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis.  The contest promotes awareness of the United States Constitution and obligations of citizens to our government among high school students.

Los Altos student Kate Park, junior at Menlo School, represented California at the National Finals on April 19 in Indianapolis.  At nationals, she advanced to the semi-finals and received a $3,000 scholarship.  Before competing at nationals, Park won the California state championship and an additional $2,000 scholarship.

At each round, the audience witness an incredible displays of young talent as students presented powerful orations on different aspects of the Constitution.  After delivering an 8 to 10-minute speech about the Constitution, each student speaks on a topic randomly selected by the audience.  The chosen topic at the California state championship and semi-finals was the right to bear arms, a controversial issue nationwide due to the recent Sandy Hook Shooting.  

Park's speech titled "The People's Voice" inspired the audience.  One judge commented that she was touched by the powerful message to speak up, and was sold by Park’s logic concerning gun control. Park commented, "The experience was challenging but rewarding.  This opportunity motivated me to research the Constitution and national issues.  I think wonderful that American Legion hosts this event for high school students.  I want to especially thank district commander Mr. Peters, Mr. Hale, and Department Commander and Oratorical Chair Mr. Robert Biby."  

 

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