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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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A win-win for local law firm: Fenwick & West conserves energy - and earns award


Photo By: Elliott Burr/Town Crier
Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Fenwick & West’s Julie O’Loughlin, right, and Director of Information Technology Kevin Moore show off their green data center.

Adopting environmentally friendly practices in a business setting is generally considered a good thing. Being recognized for it, however, is a bonus, according to Fenwick & West LLP’s Julie O’Loughlin.

Her law firm’s Mountain View office last month was named a winner of Acterra’s 2012 Business Environmental Awards for its green data center, which houses Fenwick & West’s computer systems and components. The firm earned the Sustainable Built Environment Award from Acterra, a Palo Alto-based non-profit agency. An awards reception is scheduled May 31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

O’Loughlin, the firm’s senior director of operations and facilities emergency management, said the award serves as recognition of Fenwick & West’s innovative approach to greening its year-old, 3,500-square-foot data center.

“It just gives us another validation,” she said, adding that the firm has seen a 74 percent overall reduction in energy consumption.

The on-site data center was constructed inside an existing leased building at 801 California St., home of Fenwick & West’s offices. The firm recently received LEED platinum certification for its innovative data center from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to Director of Information Technology Kevin Moore.

The data center took eight months to design and construct. It features several customized systems, including a custom-built HVAC unit designed to minimize the center’s carbon footprint and a custom-designed chiller. In addition, the center uses a high-efficiency uninterruptible power system with static bypass and an intelligent light control system with “follow-me” lights to reduce energy consumption, among other features.

O’Loughlin said the center’s innovative custom-built systems made the process of attaining LEED platinum certification particularly challenging, “because some of the technology we use is so unique that there was no way to really benchmark it.”

She noted that the center’s construction included repurposing several existing materials, such as the space’s ductwork and doors. The center’s flooring was remade from recycled materials, she added.

“We really looked at every piece of material and thought, ‘Does this have a purpose?’” she said.

In addition to its data center, Fenwick & West has implemented other green initiatives. They include a rideshare program that boasts a 60 percent employee participation rate, the installation of six on-site electric-vehicle charging stations, enlarging its employee bike storage area and subsidizing Caltrain tickets for its employees.

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