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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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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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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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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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'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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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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Panthers hope fast start is sign of things to come

Photo Photos By Elliott Burr/Town Crier

Hailie Eackles is among Pinewoods top returning players.

Pinewood School head coach Cayse Kaveny doesn’t want to get too excited about her volleyball team’s 2-0 start. Yet she can’t help but be encouraged by the Panthers’ performance.

"We haven’t really been tested just yet, but I am happy with the way we have responded when we weren’t playing our best," Kaveny said. "The girls have been able to make adjustments during the game, and that’s huge."

Pinewood didn't face much resistance in its opener, sweeping Liberty Baptist 25-18, 25-21, 25-11 Sept. 8 in Los Altos Hills. The Panthers showed their resolve the next day, however, winning at Capuchino in four games: 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22.

Kaveny was proud of the way Pinewood shook off a second-game loss to win the next two to take the match.

"So much of volleyball can be played on emotion and momentum," she said. "It is really important that, as a player, you are able to forget your mistakes and move on to the next play. I have found that sometimes that is the hardest thing to teach. I always tell my players that volleyball is a game of mistakes, and the team that makes the least wins. It is OK to make a mistake, even the best players do, but it is really how you respond to that mistake and what you do next that matters."

Junior Hailie Eackles made the biggest statement in the match, notching her first double-double of the season. The athletic outside hitter tallied 18 kills, 10 digs and four aces. Senior Jennifer Jue added 11 digs, while junior Lizzie Fields "was big at the net," Kaveny said, posting two solo blocks and three block assists.

Middle blocker Fields, all-leaguer Eackles and sophomore Michelle Tarlton are the team's top returning players, according to the coach. Pinewood has eight returnees, four of whom started last year.

Of the four players new to the squad, Kaveny said sophomores Kandace Korver and Jen Bodine "have shown the most improvement during the preseason thus far."

Bodine had seven kills against Liberty Baptist, tying Eackles for team-high honors. Senior Jessica Lacy contributed six aces in the match.

Kaveny said the Panthers' strengths include the "commitment to each other and team goals." Those goals include competing for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division, in which they finished fourth last year at 6-6. The coach expects Pinewood to contend with defending champion King's Academy, Crystal Springs and possibly Woodside Priory for the title.

To do so, the Panthers must "hold one another accountable for the goals we set early on," Kaveny said. "I want them to support each other and believe in themselves, but a little ball control and a fast offense wouldn't hurt, either."

Ball control is the area in which Pinewood needs the most improvement, according to the coach, but she is convinced her players have the work ethic to get better at it.

"(They have a) willingness to work hard every day in practice and push themselves and each other to get better," said Kaveny, who played volleyball for Mitty High and Florida Atlantic University

It's that mentality that has Kaveny almost giddy about the potential of this team – even if it's early in the season.

"It is my third season at Pinewood, and I am really excited about everything we are doing right now," she said. "I have two great assistants (Kym Le and Carter Youngblood), and a team of girls I know will work hard for the common goal every day.

Pinewood is scheduled to visit Fremont-Sunnyvale 7 p.m. today.

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