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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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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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Freestyle students talking eggs take animation film festival honors

Photo Photo Courtesy Of Freestyle Freestyle Academy students Irene Lee and Raime Shah, left, created an animated short film about eggs and their dreams, above. Their film took top honors in the under two-minute category.

Irene Lee and Raime Shah, Freestyle Academy students, recently won the Bay Street Animation Film Festival in the under-two-minute category for their production of a narrative animation about eggs.

Lee and Shah received $500 scholarships and earned $1,000 for the Freestyle Web program.

Their award-winning animation depicts eggs in a carton in a crowded grocery store explaining what they hope to be when they emerge from their shells. One egg wants to be a super-hero chicken, another wants to be the first chicken on the moon and the third wants to become a beautifully painted egg.

“We didn’t want to make a video that was too serious,” Lee said. “To me, animation is cute.”

The original assignment was to create an animation from one of the many narratives the Freestyle students were learning to write. The narratives could be on any topic, Shah said.

The two spent many hours after school working to perfect their project, Lee said.

Shah said that because they both worked so long and hard on their animation they thought, “Why not?” and entered the film in the fall festival for Bay Area students.

Animation executives from Pixar Animation Studios and Ex’Pressions College for Digital Arts judged the entries, separated into two categories based on film length: fewer than and more than two minutes.

Lee estimated there were approximately 100 entries in the fewer-than-two-minutes category.

“It feels nice to win,” Lee said. “It is nice to get recognition for (the film) from someone other than our teachers.”

Lee and Shah, both seniors, said they have benefited from their time at Freestyle. Lee plans to major in design in college. Shah, who said she is interested in majoring in biology, claimed the education gained at Freestyle would help her in the future.

Part of what lured Shah to Freestyle was “how different and innovative of a program it is.”

Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, available to Mountain View Los Altos Union High School students, is an alternative half-day instructional model which offers hands on, project-based and personalized learning though writing, digital photography, graphic design, Web production, audio engineering and digital film production.

For more information or to view the film, visit www.freestyle.mvla.net.

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