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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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Clark crowned SCIAC's top track athlete

Clark

Los Altos resident Jeff Clark, a senior at Harvey Mudd College, has been named Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

The Los Altos High graduate won three events at the SCIAC Championships, after which he was chosen SCIAC Athlete of the Week for April 20-26. He is only the 18th male in the 95-year history of the meet to win three individual events.

Clark opened the three-day meet by winning the long jump with a personal-best effort of 22 feet, 11.25 inches. On the final day, he claimed the triple jump with a personal-best 47-3, good enough to be invited to the NCAA Qualifier. Clark closed the SCIAC meet by winning the high jump for the third consecutive year, leaping 6-6.75.

Clark, team MVP the past two years, is a nine-time All-SCIAC performer.

Griego wins 10K

Westmont College distance runner Lisa Griego, a Mountain View High graduate, won the women's 10,000-meter race on the first day of the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships, held April 25 and 26 in San Diego.

Griego, running a 10K race for the first time, set a meet record with a time of 36 minutes, 37.07 seconds. The next day, she ran the 5,000 race and came in third with a time of 18:03.83.

Although Griego qualified for the 5K, 10K and marathon in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Track and Field National Championships, she planned to compete only in the marathon.

Taufoou signs with ISU

St. Francis High graduate Matt Taufoou (class of 2007) is transferring from College of San Mateo to Iowa State to play football.

Taufoou signed a scholarship offer from Iowa State last month He has two years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker averaged nearly seven tackles per game and forced two fumbles for San Mateo last year.

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