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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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