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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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Eagles squeak by Spartans, land 6th seed in CCS


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

Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink bumps the ball.

Helped by Thursday’s five-game win at rival Mountain View, the Los Altos High girls volleyball team has secured the sixth seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs. The Eagles (21-14 overall) are scheduled to open against No. 11 Sobrato 7 p.m. today.

“We are very happy with our sixth seed and really looking forward to having one last home game this upcoming Wednesday,” said outside hitter Meghan McDermott. “We play in a very competitive league and CCS division, so we are excited to hopefully do well in the playoffs.”

If Los Altos defeats Sobrato (15-14), it will meet No. 3 Los Gatos in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Eagles split their two league matches against the Wildcats (21-6), who finished just ahead of them in the SCVAL De Anza Division standings. Los Altos placed fourth (8-6) after beating Mountain View Thursday.

Eagles coach Peter Kim called the win, “One of the best matches I’ve been a part of in my coaching career.” Playing without star setter Hanna Koehler – who is expected back for CCS – Los Altos rallied to victory after losing two of the first three sets.

“What really made a difference was that we fought until those last two points,” said McDermott, whose 17 kills was second only to teammate Carmen Annevelink (season-high 21). “The game was going back and forth and we never gave up fighting hard until the match ended.”

Joyce Christiansen-Salameh, starting in place of Koehler, “played great,” Kim said.

Mountain View, which finished fifth in league (6-8), is the No. 7 seed in CCS Division II. The Spartans (17-16 overall) are slated to host No. 10 Leland (15-15) 7 p.m. today.

At the same time, fifth-seeded St. Francis (19-13) visits No. 12 Woodside (23-9). The Lancers made a quick exit from the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, falling to Valley Christian in last week’s quarterfinals despite 17 kills from Chloe Lott.

Boys water polo

After losing both games to Mountain View in the round-robin portion of league play, Los Altos beat its rival 11-9 Saturday in the SCVAL De Anza Division championship game.

The Eagles received five goals from Sam Lisbonne, four from Ian McColl and one each from Paul Bergevin and Drew Lytle. Goalie Cameron Putnam recorded 11 saves.

The Spartans, undefeated in league prior to the tournament, trailed Los Altos 4-1 after the opening quarter and never caught up. Connor Rudolph scored three goals to lead Mountain View; Rey Castillo and Randy Kenyon contributed two each.

The teams won’t face one another again this year: Los Altos (16-11 overall) is the third seed in CCS Division I; Mountain View (19-4) is the No. 5 seed in Division II. The Eagles have a first-round bye and will meet either No. 6 Carmel (21-6) or No. 11 Stevenson (15-9) in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Mountain View was scheduled to host No. 12 Pioneer (15-11) Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

St. Francis (12-15) is the No. 2 seed in Division II and doesn’t play until Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Girls water polo

St. Francis (22-4) has landed the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs and faces No. 9 Homestead (12-8) or No. 8 Pioneer (16-11) Saturday in the quarterfinals at a time and place to be determined.

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