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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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CSMA appoints Music4Schools director

Armienta

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View recently appointed Hector Armienta director of its Music4Schools program.

As a member of the senior staff, Armienta will work closely with the executive director and faculty to develop CSMA’s off-site music education programs, which annually serve approximately 5,000 students at more than 15 schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The director’s responsibilities include program and curriculum development, hiring, supervising and training of faculty, and developing collaborations with schools.

“CSMA’s in-school programs are critical to our commitment to ‘Arts4All,’ because they provide weekly, sequential classes, as well as concerts, choral and instrumental instruction, to children who might not otherwise have access to music education,” said CSMA Executive Director Moy Eng. “Hector’s diverse professional experience will be pivotal to CSMA continuing to build partnerships to ensure that music is part of every child’s education.”

Armienta has more than 10 years of non-profit experience as an arts educator, serving as a program director, curriculum specialist and teaching artist. He has held senior-level program positions at Music in Schools Today in San Francisco and Kollage Community School for the Arts in Redwood City. His professional experience also includes working with performing organizations, including Opera Cultura in San Jose, where he has been the artistic director/managing director since 2008. As a curriculum development consultant, Armienta has worked with school districts in Northern and Southern California, as well as with the Arts Council Silicon Valley First Five Program, Young Audiences of the Bay Area and other organizations, to develop music programs for children.

Armienta earned a master’s of music degree in music composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s of fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Throughout his career, Armienta has served as a panelist at numerous conferences and as a member of commissions and committees, including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Entrepreneur Project, Arts Council Silicon Valley and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a composer whose work in opera and musical theater has received support from the NEA.

“I feel particularly fortunate to be joining the Community School of Music and Arts as the Music4Schools program director,” Armienta said. “It’s an organization that I have long admired, given its local and regional impact in arts education. My hope is to contribute in a meaningful way toward its noble goal of arts education for all.”

For information, call 917-6800 or visit www.arts4all.org.

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