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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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LAHS marches toward end of season


Photo By: Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Shirley Pefley/Special To The Town Crier

The Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled a Fall Finale event 10 a.m. Saturday.

It’s not unusual for neighbors surrounding Los Altos High School to hear the sound of trumpets and drums during predawn hours or watch students marching at an afternoon football game or in the Festival of Lights Parade.

To thank neighbors for their patience and support, the Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled its Fall Finale event, a showcase for the community, 10 a.m. Saturday on the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The band’s fieldshow, “Senses,” has won acclaim and recognition for Best Music, Best Visual Effect and Best General Effect at marching band competitions.

“Senses” features the music of Vaclav Nelhybel and Karl Jenkins. The music and choreography combine to highlight the five senses: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.

“We picked this theme to get across the message that music can be used to heighten all your senses and inspire your imagination,” said Ted Ferrucci, longtime band director. “The music is extremely complex and demanding, but the students have risen to the challenge of creating an outstanding show. I’m very proud of them and their work ethic. I’ve rarely seen students work as hard as they do in preparing for competitions.

They work as hard as any athletic team, practicing five days a week since early August, to perfect the show.”

Senior Kelcey Negus, who plays the mellophone, said, “Getting up at 6 a.m. for practice is hard work, but I love it because there are 69 other people getting up at the same time. It’s one big family.”

The music is difficult enough to play while sitting down, but add the band’s movements and it can be extremely challenging.

“I’ve marched in the world-class Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and this show is way more complicated than anything we’ve ever done,” said senior trumpet player Abbey Yacoe.

The musicians march, lean and weave into elaborate shapes while playing music. The color guard dances among the musicians waving flags, throwing rifles and forming a flower with props. The eight-minute musical and visual performance allows the group of individuals to perform as one.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie in marching band,” said drum captain Sean Fox. “We really pull for each other and it’s a lot of fun.”

The marching season culminates with the band’s final performance at the Western Band Association Championships Nov. 17 and 18. The band faces tough competition in its class from 18 other marching bands. Their show last year, “Forbidden,” won the High Music award, outscoring 43 bands from California and Arizona.

The Fall Finale will feature a music marketplace including a silent auction and bake and olive oil sales.

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