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Rotary Club of Los Altos event raises $30,000 for veterans

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Guests at the Feb. 26 Cioppino Feed included, from left, Rotary Club of Los Altos President Jerry Moison, Michael and Socrates Manoukian, and event chairman Ron Labetich.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Cioppino Feed raised more than $30,000 for student veterans at Foothill College pursuing their college degrees while they integrate into community life after their service.

Proceeds from the event, held Feb. 26 at the Garden House in Shoup Park, support a scholarship fund established in the name of the late Capt. Matt Manoukian, son of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian and Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian of Los Altos Hills.

Volunteer judges needed for Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest

Organizers of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest are looking for volunteer judges to read this year’s submitted essays.

An essay reading session is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room 2 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Los Altos seismologist personally, professionally impacted by Taiwan quake

Courtesy of Ben Tsai
Seismological engineer Ben Tsai says Los Altos’ geology is similar to the Pacific plate that triggered the recent earthquake in Taiwan.

Within seconds of the first tremors, Los Altos resident Ben Tsai received the report of the 6.4 Tainan City, Taiwan, earthquake that struck Feb. 6. It was shortly after noon in Los Altos and, by chance, Tsai was presenting a paper on earthquakes in the Memoirs Writing Class at Hillview Community Center when the first alert reached him.

The pre-dawn disaster was announced by auto-report. Sensitive automatic monitors alerted geologists and others on the network within seconds of sensing the clashing of the tectonic plates under the city of Tainan. The information was broadcast immediately to locations and scientists with receptors around the world. Because sound waves travel faster than the motion of the plates deep underground, the warning system provides surrounding communities earlier notice than they would have received prior to its installation. Advanced technology cannot control or prevent earthquakes, but it allows populated areas more time to seek safe shelters.

Sons In Retirement gathers for speakers, activities

Author Margaret O’Mara spoke to the local chapter of Sons In Retirement (SIR) about 20th-century elections at Fremont Hills Country Club March 2.

O’Mara discussed her latest book, “Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the 20th Century,” which focuses on the elections of 1912, 1932, 1968 and 1992. A visiting history professor from the University of Washington, she currently teaches at Stanford University.

Local official tells SPARC members rent control may be on the rise



San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis had a message for local residents gathered at a recent political event in Los Altos Hills: Astronomical Bay Area rents are driving discussions in San Jose, and the trend toward rent control is spreading.

Los Altos native shares pool with starlet Scarlett in "Hail, Caesar!"

Los Altos native Margo Sargent, 22, recently experienced the thrill of a lifetime when she was one of 10 synchronized swimmers selected to appear in the new movie, “Hail, Caesar!” starring George Clooney and Channing Tatum. “In the distance one day, I saw Channing Tatum. It was cool to see (him) with my own eyes.” Sargent took up synchronized swimming at age 6. Courtesy of Rachel SHERBOW/SINGER ASSOCIATES

The new movie “Hail, Caesar!” features a scene in which actress Scarlett Johansson dives into a pool of 32 synchronized swimmers – one of whom was born and raised in Los Altos.

“It was incredible being on such a huge set, a huge stage,” said Margo Sargent, 22. “In the distance one day, I saw Channing Tatum. It was cool to see (him) with my own eyes.”

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