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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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