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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

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 R...

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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.

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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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Student Asian Unity group holds haiku contest

The Bay Area Asian Unity (BAAU) organization recently sponsored a haiku competition for Pinewood, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Gunn and Foothill high schools.

BAAU collected 300 student-composed haikus from the schools and awarded the authors of the 10 best entries $50 gift certificates to various local Japanese restaurants, including Fuki Sushi, Kaygetsu and Mikuni. The restaurants and E3 Youth Philanthropy co-sponsored the competition.

The winners of the competition were Cynthia Wang, Marco Siccardo, Keli Thurston, Sarah Foad, Anny Dow, Nhut T. Nguyen, Preethi Subramanian, Kelly Wang, Faye Cheng and Shweta Gouind.

According to Mingbo Gong, president and founder of BAAU and a junior at Pinewood, the purpose of the haiku competition was to expose students to Asian literature and spread awareness of Asian culture.

"From this project, we wanted students to learn more about Asian literature while having fun," Gong said. "The BAAU mission is to bring Asian culture to the community."

Gong said the project succeeded.

"I am satisfied (with the competition), and I hope that more schools will participate in our future projects so that we can expand awareness of Asian culture in a larger community," Allen Lee, BAAU member, said.

Members of BAAU are planning several other projects to promote Asian culture.

"We will have more projects, such as an Asian food drive, and we're planning to start an Asian culture magazine," Gong said.

BAAU has teamed up with One Dollar For Life, a non-profit organization, to help raise funds for the construction of an elementary school in Indonesia, a project in which 10 of its member high schools are participating. BAAU members have encouraged students who want to help with the project to donate money through classroom boxes in January, when fundraising for the Indonesia project will officially begin.

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