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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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MVLA Foundation raises $650,000 for high schools

The MVLA High School Foundation presented Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District officials with a check for $650,000 this month to fund additional academic programs for local high schools.

The foundation kicks off its annual fundraising campaign at the beginning of each school year by mailing requests for contributions to past and present donors. Foundation members follow the mailers with a phone-a-thon, hosted this year at the Los Altos Alain Pinel offices.

Mindy Ryan, an MVLA foundation board member, said next year foundation members hope to contribute an additional $25,000 to their donation target for the high school district. To meet the goal, members will request a $700 donation from each family per student attending the district.

Also in store next year, Ryan said foundation members are working on creating and funding programs to make the college transition easier for students and parents.

"We want programs that will help the students thrive in college," she said.

About half the funds raised by the MVLA High School Foundation are used to reduce the class-size ratio for freshman English and math to 20 students per teacher. According to the foundation, without its funding, class size would be closer to 30:1. Funds collected make the district eligible for state matching money earmarked for class-size reduction.

Other initiatives funded by the MVLA foundation include tutorial centers, college and career centers, technology replacements and upgrades, research database access, extended library hours and instructional materials for Alta Vista High School classes.

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