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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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Eagles find positives in loss to Spartans

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special
To The Town Crier

Los Altos’ Meghan McDermott had 12 kills in Thursday’s loss at Mountain View.

The Eagles got swept, but they weren’t somber after Thursday’s volleyball match against the rival Spartans.

Although Los Altos High couldn’t match Mountain View’s height – or stifle standout Brittany Howard (34 kills) – all three sets were close. The host Spartans prevailed 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.

“Great game,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said. “Great energy, and my team never gave up.”

The scrappy Eagles made Mountain View work for the win, posting 73 digs in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division match.

Meghan McDermott led Los Altos with 18 digs and 12 kills. Meghan Cyron added 10 kills and Hanna Koehler posted 26 assists.

Mountain View improved to 1-2 in league, 7-8 overall. Los Altos dropped to 3-1 in league, 19-5 overall.

In a battle of defending state champions, St. Francis eked out a five-game win over Palo Alto Sept. 26. The visiting Lancers won 25-20, 28-26, 19-25, 22-25, 15-8 behind 18 kills from Taylor Deaton.

St. Francis claimed the state Division II title last year and Palo Alto won Division I.

The Lancers played at Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 28, recording a sweep to push their record to 13-2 overall. Alex Espinosa had 10 kills for St. Francis.

Pinewood swept Harker Sept. 27, getting five kills from Claire Nolan, four from Kandace Korver and 13 assists from Adrienne Whitlock.

Boys water polo

The two undefeated teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division faced off Sept. 28, and Los Altos came away with a 9-8 victory at Palo Alto.

Matt Orton tallied six goals for the Eagles (5-0 league) and Ian McColl had the other three. Cameron Putnam made 11 saves.

Los Altos met its match Friday, however, falling 15-10 to visiting St. Francis in a non-league game. Orton and McColl each scored three goals for the Eagles (19-3 overall) and Adam Warmoth added two.

Mountain View topped Los Gatos 15-9 Thursday, raising its record to 4-2 in the De Anza Division and 12-3 overall.

Thomas Burch scored seven goals for the visiting Spartans, who routed Homestead 10-3 a day earlier.

Field hockey

St. Francis remained perfect by beating Leigh and Los Gatos last week.

The Lancers beat Leigh 6-1 Friday and defeated Los Gatos 3-1 Sept. 28. Krustina Bassi scored two goals in each game.

St. Francis improved to 4-0 in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division and 8-0 overall.

Girls water polo

Olivia Santiago scored four goals and Katy Schaefer three in Los Altos’ 9-5 home win over Palo Alto Sept. 28. Nicole Larsen made 17 saves for the Eagles.

Mountain View fell 17-7 to Santa Clara Thursday, despite four goals from Emma Frerichs.

St. Francis walloped Menlo-Atherton 11-2 Sept. 28 in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller notched four goals for the Lancers and Sami Strutner added three.

Girls tennis

Mountain View split a pair of De Anza Division matches last week, routing Gunn 6-1 and falling 4-3 to Lynbrook. The Spartans entered this week with a 2-3 league mark.

Los Altos swept Piedmont Hills Sept. 28 in non-league play, with Kacey Incerpi winning 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

The host Eagles improved to 2-9 overall.

Last week’s 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart Prep put Pinewood’s overall record at 3-3.

Girls golf

Cori Inkster earned medalist honors for St. Francis in a 214-220 loss to undefeated Valley Christian Sept. 26 at Shoreline Golf Links.

The Lancers dropped to 2-5.

Cross-country

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Robinson of Gunn finished the 2.3-mile Central Park Invitational in 13 minutes, 40.6 seconds to win the girls title Sept. 27.

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