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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.

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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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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 High emphasizes value of math and science


Photo By: Charles So/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Charles So/Special To The Town Crier

Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University, addresses Los Altos High students on “Multitasking How Does It Change the Way You Think?” during Science & Tech Week.

Los Altos High School hosted its seventh annual Science & Tech Week on campus last week, exposing students to leading scientists and high-tech executives from all reaches of Silicon Valley.

A series of diverse guest speakers discussed the value of science and math education during the week, including Odette Harris, M.D., associate professor and director of brain injury in the neurosurgery department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Konstantin Guericke, co-founder of LinkedIn; Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero; Seth Shostak, astronomer at the SETI Institute; Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University; and Anne Toth, head of privacy at Google.

Students learned about a broad range of topics, from how doctors treat head injuries to the behind-the-scene efforts devoted to making popular video games.

“Science & Tech Week always has a good selection of presenters,” said Adam Evard, a senior at Los Altos High.

Evard said his favorite presentation at Science & Tech Week over the years involved electric vehicles, because he is interested in innovative technology.

Los Altos High has sponsored Science & Tech Week for the past for six years. Local community members founded the venture to highlight the value of science and math.

According to organizers, Science & Tech Week aims to:

• Demonstrate the value of a science and math education, thereby encouraging more Los Altos High students to take science and math classes during their high school years.

• Raise student awareness of the variety of science- and math-related educational and career opportunities in the Bay Area, including those involving other academic disciplines such as music, economics, law and the arts.

• Showcase the diverse backgrounds (and obstacles many have overcome) of today’s successful scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists.

• Inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and show that thinking creatively can be achieved by anyone.

Students, staff and speakers participate in the event in an effort to curb the decline of science and math in U.S. curricula.

“The event has tremendous value to the community,” said Adam Randall, physics teacher at Los Altos High.

Randall, who has taught at the school for 15 years, said he believes that Los Altos High is one of the best high schools in the state, and that such community involvement is among the reasons.

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/lahs.

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