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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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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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School Briefs

LAH group invites residents to redistricting forum

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting has scheduled a public meeting 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School multipurpose room to address residents' questions and concerns about the city council's recent vote to redistrict Los Altos Hills into a separate school district.

Meeting topics include current plans for the Bullis-Purissima site, how redistricting would work and how citizens can fight to ensure that school choice is not taken away from Los Altos Hills' families.

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting is a group of residents who say they are frustrated with ongoing school politics, erroneous information and lack of access to neighboring school districts.

The group has invited representatives of the Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto school districts and Los Altos School District board member Mark Goines to participate.

Bullis-Purissima Elementary School is located at 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Learn how to build a model house

The Museum of American History in Palo Alto is offering students ages 10 and up the opportunity to learn basic drafting techniques. During the hands-on session students will build a pre-cut home of foam-core board and trim materials and mount it on a corrugated cardboard platform complete with grass, driveway and plants.

The lessons are scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and April 22 at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. The cost is $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.

For registration and more information, visit www.moah.org.

AVID sponsors Fun and Wellness Day

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a support program for students who are the first in their families to attend college, has scheduled a Fun and Wellness Day fund-raiser at Los Altos High School 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22. Proceeds from the event will help students pay for their college tuition and books.

The fund-raiser will include an all-ages walkathon, swimathon, 5-on-5 soccer tournament and tennis challenge. A community fair featuring local organizations will highlight health and nutrition, the theme of the day, with demonstrations and handouts.

The day will also include live entertainment, a variety of healthy foods and a raffle.

For more information or to register for any of the athletic activities, visit www.avidfunandwellnessday.org.

MVLA award-winning speech and debate team performs for public

Four students from the Mountain View-Los Altos Speech and Debate Team have advanced to the state and national championships. Members of the community are invited to hear the students in a showcase scheduled for 7-9 p.m. April 19 in the Mountain View High School theater.

The team's top nationally ranked Lincoln-Douglas debaters, Prashant Rai and Stephen Hess, seniors at Mountain View High, are two of only three Lincoln-Douglas debaters from the area who qualified to compete in the National Forensic League Tournament. They also both qualified to compete again this year for the national title at the Tournament of Champions. Stephen additionally qualified to compete at the California State Speech Championship Tournament. At the Mountain View High showcase, they will debate the topic: The use of the state's power of eminent domain to promote private enterprise is unjust.

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, a junior from Los Altos High School, qualified to compete in both the California State Speech Championship Tournament and the National Forensic League Tournament. For the showcase she will perform her original oratory, "Small Is Big," which focuses on the accumulated value of small contributions.

Margaret Lewis, a sophomore at Los Altos High, will compete in the State Speech Championship Tournament April 19. She will perform her original expository speech on the power of music. Margaret won first place at the state-qualifying tournament. She is in her first year of competition.

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