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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.

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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St. Francis adds Mandarin program

During the summer break, St. Francis High School Principal Patricia Tennant traveled to China to initiate a cultural exchange program with Changzhou Senior Middle School of Jiangsu Province in China. At the same time, Mandarin was added to St. Francis'foreign language lineup for the fall.

In the past, St. Francis classes have reflected an increasing interest in global issues. In the last few years, topical classes have appeared on the roster, including "Case Studies in Modern Africa and Asia," "The Arab World and the West," "Case Studies in Human Rights" and "Contemporary World Problems."

Mandarin is the latest in a list of classes developed to meet the needs of a global society.

Tennant and Dean of Students Margaret Miller met with the principal and school representatives from Changzhou Senior Middle School to sign an agreement to become "Sister Schools." Changzhou is roughly the same size as St. Francis, serving grades 10, 11 and 12. St. Francis students will travel to Shanghai in March, and an estimated 20 students from Shanghai will stay with St. Francis families for five days next May.

Judy Yu, a 25-year teacher, will teach one section of Mandarin this year. Each year thereafter, a level will be added. By fall 2010, St. Francis will offer a 4-year Mandarin program.

Yu was born, raised and educated in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, she worked as an educator as well as a news anchor and talk show host for the Broadcasting Corporation of China Station. She moved to the United States in 1984 and has taught at several schools in the Bay Area, including Santa Clara University and West Valley College. She earned her second master's degree in 2005 at San Francisco State University in Chinese literature from the Chinese Program of Foreign Language and Literature Department. She is also an AP Chinese Language OPI Tester for the College Board.

"As China continues to emerge as a world power, we have a responsibility to make sure our students appreciate China's cultural and artistic relevance as well as its role in the global economy," Tennant said. "Language is the foundation for that kind of understanding."

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