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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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