Tuesday
May202014

Shiho Fukushima '98 Wears Many Hats in Pursuit of Passions

Shiho is keeping busy with various food-related ventures after a ten-year hiatus from the Monterey Peninsula, teaching English in Kyoto and dabbling in the wine and IT industry in San Francisco and Denver. Currently she is the general manager of Ocean Sushi Deli, a local's favorite Japanese restaurant and catering business that her family has owned and operated for 28 years. Ocean Sushi Deli Monterey features over 200 menu items with recipes created from her father Chef Masayasu Chris Fukushima who graduated from the prestigious Tsuji Cooking School in Osaka, Japan. The place keeps her very busy as they are open all day everyday, source sushi to several local hotels weekly, partake in events that give back to the community like Big Sur Food & Wine while chatting it up with the regulars.  

Her Yelp-ing landed her the position of  lead food critic for the Monterey County Weekly magazine. Shiho's plan to open an izakaya has had to be put on the back burner until she can work with (and actually touch) soy and gluten. In the meantime she is working on a mission to promote gluten-free awareness in the 831. In 2012 Shiho discovered she has a severe gluten and soy intolerance (rice, corn and dairy too) due to leaky gut syndrome and Celiac disease and sees it as a blessing in disguise.  It's become a positive challenge for her to help those with similar conditions and to make gluten free food taste just as tasty as the stuff containing gluten.

In her spare time she spends working with a non-profit organization she founded called Make a Racket Foundation.  Mission statement: "MARF strives to engage the community to inspire and provide  youth with necessary resources to succeed in life through the game of tennis. We will do this by supplying tennis  equipment, training, mentorship and promote opportunities for their  success."

To read more about Shiho's endeavors, visit: www.glutenfreeshiho.com

Tuesday
May062014

Scott Snibbe '87 Launches New Creative Venture

Continuing in his creative, entrepreneurial ventures, Scott recently launched a new company, Eyegroove, which "reimagines how people interact and engage with music. Our first product is the Eyegroove app that lets people effortlessly watch and create short videos to music they love with interactive effects in a way that's never been possible before." 

Eyegroove and Scott are getting plenty of attention this week with the company closing a $1.25M Angel round and also being featured on Runway.

The free app can be downloaded at eyegroove.com.

Friday
May022014

In Memory: Patrick Lowell 1948 - 2012

Patrick Lowell '66 passed away at his home on the San Juan Ridge, Sunday morning, April 22, with the new moon in Taurus and meteors streaking through the sky. He was 63 years old. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness in March, he chose to forego further treatment and to spend his remaining days at home without compromise. His calm acceptance of life as it played out and his graciousness were truly inspiring to all of us privileged to spend this time with him. 

 

Born in Martinez, CA, on May 20, 1948, Patrick spent his childhood in Salinas and graduated from the York School in Monterey County, where he was President of his graduating class. While attending classes at Hartnell College, because of his skill as a great left-handed pitcher, Patrick was considered a candidate for the minor leagues.

 Instead, he chose to hit the road and travel throughout Northern California. After a few years on the road, Patrick settled in Nevada County where he had spent many childhood summers with his grandmother on Long Street in Nevada City. 

Having started his career in the restaurant business at KFC in Monterey in his college days, Patrick kept busy for the next 35 years cooking in a number of Nevada County's finest establishments. In the early eighties, he owned the Country Junction in Penn Valley, a place where locals would congregate for great food, including the delicious Egg McJunction sandwich and Thursday night barbecues on the patio with live music.

Patrick was lucky enough to have retired from the business five years ago and lived those five years on his own terms, spending his days happy and content. He loved being on his property, doing all kinds of projects. He was an avid farmer and gardener, and created a beautiful park-like setting where he and his wife hosted many fine parties over the years. Patrick also studied aikido at times in his life.

Patrick is survived by his wife and partner of 28 years, Julie Bottini-Lowell. He is also survived by his daughter, Tess Fitzgerald, of whom he was very proud; his fine son-in-law, David Fitzgerald; and by his granddaughter, Lucy Fitzgerald, with whom he shared a love of riding the quad and feeding the bears. 

Friday
May022014

Young Alumni Keep in Touch

Perry Choi '11 recently spoke to members of Harvard College about his battle with depression last semester. By sharing his experience publicly, Perry hopes to help others who may be struggling privately with a disease that is still surrounded by stigma. Among other points, Perry emphasizes that depression is like any other physical disease and speaks to the power of reaching out to others when depressed. Perry also remarks, "I feel fortunate to have had depression so 'late' in my life, because I know many people struggle with it before college as well (especially high school)" and has allowed us to share his message with the York community in an effort to help those struggling with depression and spread awareness.

Amy Ng '13, Christina Cobb '13, and Niko Jannisch '12 found time during a busy semester to meet up at Colby College for the occasion of Christina's spring dance performance for the Hipnotik Dance Team.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becca Mace '13 acted as tour guide for two York seniors on their recent visit to CU Boulder. In addition to her studies in Environmental Science, Becca is taking advantage of Colorado skiing as a member of the university's club team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of his role interning with U.S. Representative, Sam Farr, Jeff Pawling '11 is sharing his knowledge and passion for politics with Monterey County residents visiting the Capital.

 

 

Wednesday
Apr232014

Kimberly Stone Evans '99 Jumping with Joy Over New Baby

Kim writes: "On April 3 David and I were blessed with the arrival of a healthy, happy baby boy: David John “Duke” Evans VI.  Our growing family is overjoyed, tired, and looking forward to a bright, beautiful future together.

A note about the name: David John Evans the sixth has a name long in the making, and we have been scouring the earth for a nickname that would reduce complications in nomenclature.  In the remotest place we have even been, deep in Nepal’s Upper Mustang, we learned that “Dhuk” means “six” in the minor Tibetan dialect of Loke.  Having discovered a word for 6 that is easily anglicized and resonant with the nigh-royal suffixes the David John Evans lineage has attained, we are pleased to give our child the cognomen 'Duke.'"