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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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Los Altos celebrates with Sister City Bendigo


Photo By: COURTESY OF DOROTHY DICKSON
Photo Courtesy Of Dorothy Dickson Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers and the Bendigo Youth Choir sing together in Bendigo, Australia.

Two groups of travelers have returned home after visiting Los Altos’ Sister City of Bendigo, Australia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the relationship.

In addition to Bendigo, Los Altos Sister Cities Inc. has forged unions with Rustington, England; Syktyvkar, Russia; and Shih-Lin, Taiwan. The nonprofit organization promotes global understanding and friendships.

Los Altos residents Dorothy Dickson, president of Los Altos Sister Cities, and her husband, Robin, visited Bendigo in March, and Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers completed a spring tour that ended with a weekend in the Australian city of nearly 100,000 residents.

While in Bendigo, Dickson presented Mayor Alec Sandner with a proclamation from Los Altos Mayor Val Carpenter celebrating the anniversary of the relationship.

Sandner noted the city’s growth over the past few years, declaring, “Bendigo is booming!”

The Dicksons stayed at the home of local residents during their four days in Bendigo. They visited local sites and toured a primary school and a high school.

Several residents of Bendigo visited Los Altos recently, including Peter Mundy, president of Bendigo Sister Cities. He presented a proclamation from Sandner congratulating Los Altos on its 60th anniversary of incorporation.

Jason Lee, principal of California Gully Primary School near Bendigo, and his family visited Santa Rita School and met with Principal Sandra McGonagle. They sealed an agreement of friendship between the schools, which will begin an “e-pal” relationship between fourth-grade classes.

Bendigo residents hosted members of the Main Street Singers, who performed two concerts in the city.

“They gave outstanding performances and were wonderful ambassadors of our city,” Dickson said.

One more visit to Bendigo is planned this summer – Magdalene Lim, a senior at Los Altos High School, will spend a few weeks at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Los Altos Sister Cities will sponsor Lim, who will be home-hosted by a family from Bendigo Sister Cities.

The Bendigo Youth Choir is scheduled to visit Los Altos July 1 as it travels in the U.S. to take part in several competitions. Dickson said Los Altos Sister Cities plans to host a late-afternoon concert.

For more information, visit www.losaltossistercities.com.

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