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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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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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Get your hands dirty digging into native plants

I love to read about plants and listen to people talk about them, but I learn the most hands-on, when I can touch and smell plants and see how they fill space.

A number of upcoming gardening classes and other events offer opportunities to see and touch native plants in person. You can still volunteer for many of these events; they are a good chance to meet amateurs as well as experts.

• Whether you're new to growing native plants or an old hand, you should know about the Gardening with Natives group that meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. The meetings are a forum for people interested in learning about California native plants and how to introduce them into their gardens.

• The Ulistac Natural Area, 41 acres of land off Lick Mill Road in Santa Clara, has scheduled a Wildflower Celebration featuring native-plant gardening classes, guided tours and other activities 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7. Ulistac hosts restoration workdays twice a month, with volunteers concentrating on the 5-acre oak woodland and savannah and the nearly 1-acre Bird and Butterfly Garden.

• The local chapter of the California Native Plant Society has scheduled a spring plant sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Native-plant gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. Volunteers grow the plants at the sale. Call Jean Struthers at 941-2586 to find out about native nursery work sessions.

• Carol Bornstein, one of the authors of "California Native Plants for the Garden" (Cachuma Press, 2005), is scheduled to speak 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Western Horticulture Society meeting at Covington Elementary School, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos. Bornstein, affiliated with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, will discuss perennials. Nonmembers pay $5.

• More than 400 wildflowers, arranged by plant family, will be on display at the Wildflower Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 and 15 at Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara. Volunteers collect the plants - with necessary permits - from surrounding areas a few days prior to the event. The show features classes in wildflower and native-plant gardening and tours of Mission's native garden. Park free in Lot C.

• Native Hill, a public garden at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, sponsors occasional weekend workdays. Call Phil Higgins at 941-4752 to volunteer.

• Register now to attend the free Going Native Garden Tour, scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29. The tour will feature more than 40 gardens in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. You can preview some gardens on the Web site, www.goingnativegardentour.org.

Horticulturist Tanya Kucak grows natives, edibles and herbs organically. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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