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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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