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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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Local students sing at Breakfast With Santa


Photo By: Natalie Arsky/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Natalie Arsky/Special To The Town Crier

Students from Almond and Egan Junior High schools performed for Maltby’s customers at Breakfast With Santa Dec. 15.

More than a dozen children shared their musical and singing talents to help Santa Claus bring joy to their younger peers at Breakfast With Santa, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, Dec. 15 at Maltby’s Restaurant & Tavern.

Fifth- and sixth-grade Almond School chorus members and a chamber trio of Egan Junior High orchestra students performed a program that included festive poetry readings and traditional carols.

“I had just one week to form this group and put the program together and we had only two rehearsals,” Director Deborah Rockey said. “It says a lot about these kids that they were able to pull this off with such aplomb and really shows their talent and their enthusiasm.”

The program included a poetry reading of “Five Little Candles” and “Little Snowman.” As the sixth-graders recited the poems, the fifth-graders acted them out.

The chamber trio played a rendition of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Carol of the Bells.” The chorus sang traditional favorites including “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” accompanied by the string trio. They also performed “The Holly and the Ivy,” accompanied by Egan student Scott Sun on keyboard.

As the chorus finished “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Santa arrived to the delight of the young attendees.

“This is the fourth year we’ve done Breakfast with Santa,” said owner James Maltby. “It’s a fabulous holiday tradition we’ve got going here.”

Choral performers included Peyton Rockey, Katrina Arsky, Sasha Graeser, Kayla Jackson, Sydney Rogers, Manasi Sastry, Elise Walker, Lily Szalay, Sophia Hwang, Abbey Mesel and Adrienne Mitchel. Casey Rockey, Scott Sun and Nathan Mesel formed the chamber trio.

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