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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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