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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.

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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Suggestions to help kids with eczema

Most children’s atopic dermatitis, often called eczema, does not have a clear cause, such as an allergy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, research shows that most eczema will improve with good skin care.

“With eczema, the skin can become very dry, itchy and crack, which lets in germs that can cause skin infections,” said Amanda Friedrichs, M.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice. “With treatment, the protective barrier of the skin can be restored. Good skin care can go a long way in helping the skin heal and prevent infection.”

To reduce the severity of and frequency of eczema flare-ups in children, the American Academy of Dermatology offers the following recommendations.

Bathing tips

• Bathe your child in warm – not hot – water.

• Limit your child’s time in the bath to five or 10 minutes.

• Use cleanser only when needed and make sure the cleanser is mild and fragrance-free. Do not use bubble bath.

• If your child’s eczema is frequently infected, twice-weekly bleach baths may be beneficial. Discuss this option with your child’s dermatologist.

• After bathing, gently pat your child’s skin partially dry.

• If your child has medicine that you apply to the skin, apply it when your child’s skin is almost dry and use the medicine as directed.

• Apply moisturizer on top of the medicine and to the rest of your child’s skin.

Moisturizer tips

• When selecting a moisturizer, consider choosing a thick cream or ointment.

• Some children do better with fragrance-free products, so consider petroleum jelly –an inexpensive, fragrance-free product that works well for many children.

• When selecting a product, trial-and-error sampling of different types may identify the best moisturizer for your child.

Skin-care tips

• For best results, apply moisturizer at least twice a day. This prevents dryness and cracking and can decrease the need for eczema medications.

• If your child has severe itching and scratching, ask a dermatologist about wet wrap therapy, which can reduce swelling and lessen the desire to scratch.

• Keep your child’s fingernails short and smooth. This decreases the likelihood that scratching will puncture the skin. Putting cotton gloves on your child’s hands at night may help prevent scratching during sleep.

• Keep temperature and humidity levels comfortable. Avoid situations in which the air is extremely dry, or where your child may sweat and overheat. This is the most common trigger of the itch/scratch cycle.

Clothes-washing tips

• Using a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin may be beneficial. Scented fabric softener or dryer sheets may contribute to irritation.

• Use only the recommended amount of detergent.

• Use enough water for adequate rinsing.

• Remove tags from clothing, because tags can rub against the skin, causing irritation.

• Wash your child’s new clothes before wearing. This will remove excess dyes and fabric finishers, which can irritate the skin.

To view the academy’s video “Eczema: Tips to Help Your Child Feel Better,” visit www.aad.org/skin-conditions/dermatology-a-to-z/atopic-dermatitis/tips/atopic-dermatitis-tips-for-managing.

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