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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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Running for the fun of it starts the new year right

Los Altos recreation coordinator Tamara Oskoui instructed a large crowd gathered for the New Year’s Day 5K Fun Run to begin 2013 with a safe race and to have fun.

Sporting new Christmas running gear and spiffy athletic shoes, local residents rang in the new year by participating in the Los Altos Recreation Department’s annual event.

For serious runners, the pain and soreness is hard earned but hopefully short lived. For first-timers, the event offers a noncompetitive atmosphere in familiar territory, supported by a chorus of friends yelling encouragement to finish.

“Runners on the right, walkers on the left, and dogs and strollers start last,” Oskoui instructed participants.

With stellar weather, the turnout of runners and bystanders awaited Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw’s countdown from 10 to signal the start.

Local dignitaries ran the 4.5 laps around city streets to complete the 5K. City Manager Marcia Somers said it was a privilege to run with local residents, young and old, in the beautiful air.

With no formal registration required, experienced runners and those just out for the enjoyment intermingled at the starting line. Jeff Clark of Los Altos finished first in 17 minutes, 30 seconds. Lauren Spears of Santa Clara University was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 20 minutes, 28 seconds.

As runners rounded the Community Plaza at State and Main streets, some maintained their pace but others slowed for a quick orange slice or a banana supplied by Whole Foods Market of Los Altos.

Local Boy Scouts distributed water in plastic cups to sustain the runners.

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