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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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An early exit

Although she participated in the high jump, Allie Miller's first national competition seemed more like the hurdles.

There were several obstacles the Los Altos resident faced at last weekend's USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Stanford University. Beyond the stiff competition, Miller had to overcome an early start time and a daunting opening height.

The combination proved too much for Miller, who failed to clear the opening height of 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches.

She wasn't alone, however, as only four of the 10 jumpers advanced to the next round.

"It was very disappointing for a lot of us," said Miller, entering her senior year at Los Altos High.

The opening height caught both Miller and Los Altos coach Julia Widstrand off guard; both expected the bar to start at 5-5.

"To open at that height (5-7 3/4), it's hard to do," said Miller, who tied the school record this season by jumping 5-9 3/4. "I'm used to opening at 5 or 5-2."

Miller also isn't used to jumping at 8:10 a.m., which is when her event began last Saturday. The early start seemed to affect her and the rest of field, none of whom jumped their best.

"The whole thing seemed a little lethargic," said Miller, who was at the track by 6:30 a.m. "No one was really hyped up."

Widstrand agreed.

"It's just too early in the morning and they didn't have ample time to wake up," the coach said. "The energy wasn't there."

Of her three tries, Miller's best attempt came on her second jump. "I just barely nicked the bar with my calf," she said.

Chaunte Howard of Georgia Tech went on to win the under-19 competition, going 5-11 1/4.

Miller, who placed first at the Central Coast Section finals and third at state, plans to participate in more meets this summer.

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