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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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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

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

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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St. Nicholas football coach inspires players and parents

Photo Courtesy Of St. Nicholas School

Football coach Henry Evans works with students during practice at St. Nicholas School.

Henry Evans does a lot of things dads do these days – he loves his wife Jane and is crazy about his four children, Mikala, Steven, Nicholas and the youngest, Mike. Mike, now in eighth-grade at St. Nicholas School in Los Altos Hills, is on the flag football team and Henry is the coach. What makes this so extraordinary is that Henry is a quadriplegic.

Seven years ago, Henry endured a severe stroke that left his mind intact (Henry earned a master’s in business administration from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame), though the stroke rendered him not only quadriplegic, but also mute.

p>Henry, a football nut for many years, “speaks” to the team in two ways. After years of therapy, he is able to sit up in a wheelchair and can blink his eyes. He uses a letter board to convey his thoughts, one letter at a time. He also uses a high-tech electronic voice box, called a Dynavox. Via a special dot on his glasses, Henry can translate a letter or phrase onto a laptop, which then electronically “vocalizes” his message.

Henry is in constant contact with the other coach of the team, Dan Clevenger, via e-mail, on which the two strategize. They have built a great friendship over football. At half time, Jane wheels Henry over to “talk” to the troops.

Over the past seven years post-stroke, Henry, with the love and support of his family, has accomplished some extraordinary things off the football field as well. He published a cookbook, “The Pureed Gourmet,” to assist other disabled persons regaining the ability to eat. He realized his dream to bottle wine, Hevans Wines, growing vines on his property with the help of nearby Fogarty Winery. He worked with gifted robotics students at Palo Alto High School to develop the “LaserFinger,” a laser mounted on a baseball cap that allows people, with a small movement of the head, to turn on lights or even call 911. For his work on the LaserFinger, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented Henry the Most Inspirational Award from the National Inventeams Group, a distinction MIT created in his honor.

For Coach Henry, however, his accomplishments take second seat to watching Mike take the quarterback position and complete a pass for a touchdown. Henry has actively supported his family and the St. Nicholas community.

“To see Henry out on the field coaching, not as a spectator from the sidelines, speaks volumes about the type of person he is,” said Matt Komar, principal of St. Nicholas School. “He gives so much of his talents and spirit to our community. To see him interact with the players is truly inspirational.”

Christa Patrick is director of advancement at St. Nicholas School.

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