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FAA report

FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught


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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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The challenge for a road less-traveled: GreenTown Los Altos urges residents to run, bike, walk

Photo Town Crier File Photo GreenTown organizers hope their Drive Less Challenge will encourage residents to leave their cars at home and hop on their bikes to save fuel and stimulate the local economy.

The grassroots environmental group GreenTown Los Altos is challenging residents to get out of their cars and hit the streets running, biking or walking, beginning Friday, Earth Day.

In an effort to curb solo driving, the non-profit organization joins surrounding communities including Cupertino, Palo Alto and Menlo Park in a two-week Drive Less Challenge.

The contest requires participants to register online and track how they get around from Friday through May 5. Participants can contribute to a blog by sharing stories of how they stayed out of their cars on the event’s Web site at www.drivelesschallenge.org.

Local merchants will donate prizes, such as a $60 haircut coupon from Andiamo’s hair salon and a commuter backpack from REI.

Residents can compete alone or in groups, according to their workplaces, faith communities or schools.

Last year, Los Altos residents competed in a truncated version of the race, according to Margie Suozzo, GreenTown’s new leadership chairwoman, and this year they’re going all out.

“We’re encouraging the high schools to compete with each other, and we’ve talked to Egan Junior High School folks,” Suozzo said.

GreenTown organizers hope the contest stimulates local shopping by offering incentives for people to “fix their bikes or just walk downtown,” she said. As a Los Altos Hills resident, Suozzo said it takes her just six minutes to ride her bike downtown.

“And the experience is better than people anticipate, because there’s no need to park once you get there,” she said.

Los Altos resident Nancy Schwartz posted an account of how much she enjoyed carpooling with a colleague to a wine trade show in Menlo Park last year.

“We were delighted to save gas,” she wrote, adding that they ran into former football player Terry Hoage, who now owns a Paso Robles winery.

Moms shared stories about walking their children to school in the morning, and others posted ridesharing requests.

In 2010, 400 people entered the contest, logging more than 29,000 green miles and replacing 17,500 pounds of carbon emissions. Winners placed in categories for Least Carbon-Dioxide Emissions, Most Trips without Car Miles, Most Improved (based on baseline miles) and Most Use of Alternative Methods of Transportation, including walking, biking, carpooling and small electric vehicles.

The greenest groups were NASA/Ames, Hillview Middle School, friends of Menlo Velo Bicycles, Palo Alto Little League and Congregation Etz Chayim.

Coming on the heels of a management change at GreenTown, Suozzo oversees the contest. Executive Director Keith Turner resigned for personal reasons in early April (see sidebar). Suozzo, co-founder and a longtime member, continues to manage the programs’ group. She earned two master’s degrees, one in environmental studies and the other in public policy.

Because the group follows a collaborative organizational model, she said she relies on its many active volunteers.

 

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.greentownlosaltos.org.

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