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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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Two local students among the finalists for CIF award

Gabe Garcia of St. Francis High and Sean Williams of Los Altos High were among the 12 boys finalists for the spring California Interscholastic Federation Sportsmanship/Citizenship Award.

Jeremiah Fillo of Downieville was selected as the winner of the boys' award. Fillo and girls' winner Elizabeth Schunk of Novato were honored May 7 at the State CIF Federated Council dinner.

Selecting the winners wasn't easy, however, according to CIF executive director Jack Hayes.

"This is a most impressive group of young students," Hayes said. "They are an integral part of what sport is all about - fair play, integrity and respect for teammates, coaches, officials and opponents."

Garcia and Williams, both seniors, made the finalist list for their work on and off the playing field.

Garcia has competed in football, wrestling and baseball at St. Francis and also found the time to coach a youth baseball camp at Stanford University. He also has volunteered at San Mateo Convalescent Hospital, Samaritan House and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Garcia is an Eagle Scout and organized, supervised and worked with a group of scouts to renovate a city park in San Mateo. For his work, Garcia received a commendation from the San Mateo City Council.

"Gabe's most visible mark is in the area of leadership," St. Francis guidance counselor Tom Tuite wrote in a letter to the CIF. "His style is not outgoing or flamboyant. The quality he possesses is quiet charisma. He has a presence that others respect. This can be seen in the classroom, in student government and in athletics."

Williams, the captain of both his high school cross country and track and field team, serves as the Associated Student Body (ASB) vice president at Los Altos. He is the vice president and co-founder of the school's Alcohol and Drug Free Club and was head of the homecoming parade committee. Williams also was in charge of the 1998 freshmen orientation.

"He is always the first to introduce himself to new runners and to help them meet everyone on the team, both in practice and during the school day," Los Altos cross country coach Margaret Bennett wrote in her letter to the CIF. "It was his idea to institute our team's 'take a runner to lunch' day where upperclassmen host freshmen and new runners for lunch. In every team meeting he gives fresh words of encouragement and positive feedback to his teammates."

The CIF Sportsmanship/Citizenship Award was established this school year and the first winners were selected last fall. Nominations are made by CIF member high schools.

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