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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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25th annual Special Games at De Anza


Student athletes gave it their best as they crossed the finish lines at the 25th Annual Kiwanis Special Games at De Anza College in Cupertino, May 30.

Former Los Altos Postmaster Walter Chronert, founder of the games was honored by having the event named after him.

Over 600 students, 5-22, from all over Santa Clara County participated in the track and field meet.

Approximately 200 Kiwanis Club members, including the Los Altos chapter who organized the event, volunteered along with teachers and members of the community.

Students competed for first-, second- and third-place ribbons in four events of their choice, ranging from the 100-yard dash to a softball throw. Students were put in groups of like speed in the running events.

Some events like the beanbag toss had two variations depending on the students' abilities. Students could compete in a total of 16 athletic events. Every student received a participation ribbon after completing their first event.

Many students return to the games year after year.

This was fourth-grader Jade Theriault's fifth year competing.

Theriault is a student at Blackford Elementary School in San Jose.

"I like competing against other wheelchairs that are as fast as me. I like to have a challenge," Theriault said.

Theriault raced in the 50-yard dash in her Quickie wheelchair that can go up to 7.5 miles-per-hour.

The event is also a time for athletes to see their friends from other schools.

"She looks forward to it," said Jade's mother Jacqi Theriault. "She gets to see friends she hasn't seen in a year and we even gave up a vacation so we could come. She loves it."

For more information about the Special Games, contact the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, 988-9900.

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