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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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LAH resident one of two Marines honored posthumously: Matt Manoukian awarded Navy Cross for valor


Courtesy of Pete Manoukian
Dedication and leadership made Capt. Matt Manoukian respected and well-liked among his men, as well as the Afghan children.

Aformer Los Altos Hills resident is one of two U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion (MSOB) posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

The families of St. Francis graduate Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian and Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote of El Dorado were scheduled to receive the awards Saturday during a ceremony at 1st MSOB Headquarters at Camp Pendleton.

Mote and Manoukian, who also served in Iraq, were assigned to Marine Special Operations Team 8133 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when they came under intense enemy fire Aug. 10, 2012, from an Afghan uniformed police officer attacking from inside the perimeter of their tactical operations center.

According to reports, Manoukian, the team commander, ordered his Marines to maneuver to safety as he engaged the enemy. Manoukian courageously drew heavy fire on himself until he fell mortally wounded.

Mote, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, also was killed while drawing fire away from his fellow Marines, saving their lives.

Manoukian’s father, Socrates “Pete” Manoukian, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, said he received confirmation of the Navy Cross honor a few weeks ago.

“It’s all so overwhelming,” he said. “Matt never said much about what he was doing in the Marine Corps.”

Pete, a Los Altos Hills resident, said he learned only after Matt was killed about the extent of his son’s service on behalf of the Iraqis and Afghans – work that included restoring order, providing safety for civilians, training local security forces and rebuilding infrastructure. Matt made friends with the locals and learned Pashto, one of the official languages of Afghanistan.

Pete heard a story about his son watching children play soccer in an area made safe by the Marines. The person next to Matt said, “You guys did this.”

“He did what he loved to do,” Pete said. “I miss him every day – we’re very proud of him.”

Major Gen. Mark A. Clark, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was scheduled to present the awards.

The Navy Cross is the second-highest valor award, second to the Medal of Honor, and must be approved by the Secretary of the Navy before being awarded. Manoukian and Mote became the third and fourth Marines in the Special Operations Command’s seven-year history to receive the Navy Cross, and the 15th and 16th Marines in Marine Corps history to receive the distinction.

For Matt, the honor is the latest in a long line of accolades, including two Purple Hearts, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and a Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star.

“Capt. Matthew Patrick Manoukian will never be forgotten, and his sacrifice will live on forever in the hearts of all who cherish freedom,” the Manoukian family said in a statement.

For more information on Matt’s life, visit the family’s website tribute at captainmattmanoukian.com.

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