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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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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 dim...

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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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Books excite students about first day of school

The Town Crier asked the Los Altos main library’s children’s librarian Jill Lakstigala and teen librarian Sarah Neeri for recommendations on books that would spark children’s excitement about returning to school.

Their recommendations are available at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

• “Diary of a Worm: Teacher’s Pet” (HarperCollins, 2013) by Doreen Cronin

Grades K-2, 31 pages

Worm and friends learn their teacher is having a birthday. Will they find the perfect present for Mrs. Mulch?

• “My Homework Ate My Homework” (EgmontUSA, 2013) by Patrick Jennings

Grades 3-6, 214 pages

When Zaritza takes the class ferret home for winter break, she thinks she has an easy way to score extra credit. It’s not long before the ferret outwits her with surprise consequences.

• “Weird but True 4! 300 Outrageous Facts” (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012) by National Geographic Kids

Grades 3-6, 206 pages

Learn true facts that are unbelievable, for example, ancient horses were the size of house cats.

• “Jake and Lily” (Balzer + Bray, 2013) by Jerry Spinelli

Grades 4-7, 335 pages

Twins Jake and Lily have always had a unique bond. They can finish one another’s sentences and sometimes share the same dreams. Entering sixth grade, Lily discovers that Jake is making new friends and wonders whether she will remain close to her brother.

• “Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!” (Little, Brown, 2012) by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Grades 5-8, 257 pages

Rafe Khatchadorian thinks seventh grade will be a breeze, but he is the new kid at school. It doesn’t take long before trouble finds him.

• “Linked” (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Imogen Howson

Grades 7-9, 359 pages

Elissa has been suffering from nightmares and strange bruises. The doctors insist that nothing is wrong, but then Elissa learns that all her symptoms are part of her connection to her twin sister, raised by the government as an experiment. Together, the sisters are on the run, looking for a safe place.

• “Belle Epoque” (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Elizabeth Ross

Grades 7-12, 327 pages

Maude runs away from home to Paris in 1888. Plain and poor, she finds work as a “repoussoir,” an ugly friend hired to make a socialite look more attractive by comparison. As Maude becomes closer to the girl she is hired to befriend, she has to decide whether to risk her job or push her new friend down an unwanted path.

• “Lexicon” (Penguin Press, 2013) by Max Barry

Grades 9 and up, 377 pages

Street-smart Emily is recruited by a school where words give you the power to control others, and Will is kidnapped by dangerous men who want to know what’s hidden in his mind. Emily and Will meet in Broken Hill, Australia, where words alone may have caused a terrible calamity.

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