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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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Follow the "Five C's" for success in school and life

I received three emails last week from parents whose children I had worked with several years ago on their college admissions process. My former students are now college juniors, and their parents informed me of their progress and shared how their children were thriving.

I took a moment to reflect on my work with these particular students. They all had somewhat average grades and test scores, but their exceptional interpersonal skills and well-developed sense of self set each of them apart. They were fun, engaged and active, and they had each made an effort to identify their personal interests in light of their talents, strengths and challenges.

As an educational consultant and college adviser, I hear many stories about students who struggle academically, emotionally and socially. Receiving these positive emails made me think about how wonderfully these students had stepped up to blossom in their new environments. I started to think about the importance of what I call the “Five C’s.”

We – and by “we” I mean educators, parents and even students themselves – tend to become so hyperfocused on tests and scores that we brush aside the crucial social and emotional skills that are truly keys to happiness, authenticity and resiliency in college and beyond. As this school year winds down into summer, I encourage everyone to reflect on finding ways to promote the “Five C’s” for personal wellness among our children.

 

Courage

We tend to think of courage as the ability to take risks and step outside of our comfort zone, but it also takes courage to ask for help and admit when there is a problem. How well do your children react in new environments? How do they address problems that seem daunting? Do they look for solutions? Are they able to admit when they need assistance?

 

Collaboration

Researchers often note that knowing how to collaborate effectively can be key to achieving lifelong success in work and life. How do your children work with others – particularly those who are different from themselves? Are they able to adapt and work in situations that are less than ideal? Better yet, can they transform situations that are less than ideal into something worthwhile? There are many similarities in learning how to deal with classmates, roommates and co-workers.

 

Communication

What are your children’s communication styles – online and in person? Are they able to clearly and effectively convey their ideas in their writing and face-to-face communications? Technology has forever changed the way we interact, and that can pose challenges for children and adults alike. Are your children able to ask for what they want in an effective manner, that is, without being excessively demanding and/or effusive?

 

Creativity

Do your children have a creative outlet? Is there something they enjoy doing for sheer fun – without rhyme, rhythm or particular purpose? Do they engage in that creative endeavor regularly? Devoting time to our creativity affords us the opportunity to maintain our individuality. Even more importantly, creative outlets can provide useful coping mechanisms in the face of adversity.

Coping

How do your children deal with setbacks and disappointments? Do they have a productive way to address uncomfortable situations, or do they go into avoidance mode and rely on negative coping mechanisms? Do they have a network of people they can turn to (not necessarily parents) or a support system in place? Each child’s coping techniques should be unique to his or her personality, so helping children discover what works for them can be essential.

Ana Homayoun is founder and director of Los Altos-based Green Ivy Educational Consulting, 302 Main St., Suite 201. For more information, visit www.greenivyed.com.

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