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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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CTC continues Summer Repertory with 'Contrast'

California Theatre Center’s “The Contrast” opened last week and is scheduled to run through July 22 at The Sunnyvale Theatre, Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive.

Part of the California Theatre Center’s Summer Repertory, it is the first comedy written by an American citizen that was professionally produced. “Contrast” is set in 1787 after the Revolutionary War, but the play has plenty of things to relate to in 21st-century America, including the theme of homemade versus foreign goods and ideas.

The new country faces challenges of self-definition, and these Americans were actively involved in a debate on moral behaviors, economic liberties and standards of education for their young country.

Maria Van Rough is a “dangerously well-read” young lady betrothed as a child to Billy Dimple, a foppish lothario just returned from Europe. But she instead falls in love with Henry Manly, an earnest soldier.

This further complicates Maria’s life in a world of contrasts and characters, which include two calculating belles, a scheming servant, a naive bumpkin and a boorish old father.

The play highlights the contrasts between old and young, integrity and pretense, tradition and innovation, city and country living and high and low society.

Remaining performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. July 7, 14 and 19 and 3 p.m. July 22.

Tickets are $10-$26; discounts are available for students, seniors and groups of six or more.

For tickets and more information, call (408) 245-2978 or visit www.ctcinc.org.

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