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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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Turn students into recycling heroes

Photo Courtesy Of Ara Content Back-to-school time presents an ideal opportunity to encourage students to recycle their supplies.

With back-to-school season in full swing, now is a great time to instill a simple message that children may benefit from in years to come: Green is good.

By implementing a few recycling tactics at home and encouraging the same behavior in classrooms, you can turn children into green heroes and help them embrace earth-friendly habits.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 30 percent of consumer waste is recycled each year, which presents an opportunity for children to use their green thumbs and take part in saving the planet.

Following are a few ways to get children started.

• Show paper some TLC. Paper accounts for as much as 50 percent of landfill space. Rather than add to the waste, implement an easily accessed designated paper recycling bin where you use paper most in the home or the classroom.

Better still, put paper products to good use by challenging children to create paper craft projects. Then recycle any scraps when finished.

• Get crafty. In addition to paper products, all kinds of waste can be “upcycled” into useful or decorative items. For example, a painted egg carton can make a unique storage box for small objects like beads or paper clips, and tissue paper glued to a clean spaghetti sauce jar makes an attractive vase. The possibilities are endless – you will not only save trash from a landfill, you will inspire creativity.

• Better together. Recycling is often more effective when multiple people take part. Teachers can set a goal for their classrooms, schools or even individual students to recycle a specified amount of paper, plastics, aluminum and glass before the end of the school year.

Parents can support the effort by encouraging children not only to recycle at home, but also to take recyclable materials into the classroom to participate in the school’s project.

• Adopt a program. Encouraging children to take part in a recycling-focused program can develop valuable habits while promoting fun.

One such program is the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program, a classroom resource designed to teach children how they can be environmentally responsible. Throughout the year, the classroom or school collects empty glue bottles and glue sticks to recycle through TerraCycle.

For more information, visit ElmersGlueCrew.com or Facebook.com/GlueCrew.

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