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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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Renovated therapeutic pool reopens in Palo Alto

A warm-water, wheelchair-accessible therapeutic pool located at 3864 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto has been a critical alternative health-care and exercise resource for thousands of Bay Area residents. Clients old and young attest to the benefits of warm-water exercise and therapy as well as the expertise of the Community Association for Rehabilitation Inc. staff. For seniors, many of them stroke victims, the center offers effective and innovative services.

"The pool renovation at the Betty Wright Swim Center in Palo Alto is wonderful," said Los Altos resident Kimberly McIntyre, whose 2-year-old daughter uses the therapeutic pool operated by the center.

"The pool has had a complete makeover, locker rooms have been painted and a few other upgrades have been made," McIntyre said. "It's a joy to be at a swim center that is clean and new. It's a great place for swim therapy."

John Stidd of Los Altos began using the therapeutic pool after a stroke. He said, "I work with an individual instructor and I like it. Medical centers should direct more people there."

Founded by disability advocate and recognized aquatic innovator Betty Wright, the center first opened to the public in 1967. The pool has remained true to the founder's vision to serve people with disabilities or anyone who can benefit from the therapeutic effects of warm water.

The association celebrated the reopening Jan. 29 and showcased the pool's new state-of-the-art fiberglass shell, a luxury historically restricted to high-end hotels and resorts.

The fiberglass shell will ensure higher water quality and require less maintenance and fewer chemicals than the traditional concrete shell.

The reception area has also been renovated to better accommodate wheelchairs, and the walls are painted in tranquil tan and blue colors to create a calm environment.

By providing innovative aquatic services through the donations and volunteer hours of community members, the Betty Wright Swim Center has remained open to the public, while many similar therapeutic pools throughout California have had to close.

Donations from the Eva and Andy Grove Foundation and local philanthropists finance in-staff training, scholarships and operational expenses to help keep this community resource available.

"It is truly the coming together of community resources, solutions and optimism that enables the Betty Wright Swim Center to continue to flourish," said Renate Olaisen, director of the center since March.

Subsidized aquatic therapy for children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism and other neurological disabilities, as well as physical therapy, aquatics personal training, open swim and inclusive swim lessons for people of all ages and ability levels are also offered.

The swim center is open year-round, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; open swim 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Physical therapy and personal training require reservations.

The Betty Wright Swim Center is located at 525 Charleston Ave., Palo Alto. For more information, call 494-1480 or visit www.c-a-r.org.

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