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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.

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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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Los Altos resident joins effort to vanquish human trafficking


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Freedom Summit 2013, the largest anti-human trafficking event in the United States, is scheduled Jan. 25 and 26 at Harbor Light Church in Fremont.

“The Bay Area … has some of the nation’s highest volumes of trafficking activity,” said Betty Ann Boeving, founder and executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC), summit organizer. “We are also among the nation’s most progressive regions in terms of anti-trafficking legislation, prevention and services.”

Boeving emphasized the importance of the gathering.

“People come not just to hear the facts, but to connect with others and learn what they can do to stop the spread of human trafficking,” she said.

Jaida Im of Los Altos is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Freedom House, which provides adult and adolescent survivors a safe home and long-term aftercare to help them break the cycle of human exploitation and transition to a new life.

As a guest speaker at the summit, Im will outline practical suggestions for those who want to support the effort.

“No step is too small,” she said. “Share your commitment to help survivors with posts on Facebook and Twitter. Get your employer involved ... ask your church or community center to host a program about human trafficking.”

Stanford University announced a new Alternative Spring Break program: “Not for Sale: Human Trafficking in the Bay Area,” designed by students Katherine Nasol and Kylie Goh.

“For many Bay Area residents, human trafficking brings to mind brothels or red-light districts on the other side of the world,” Nasol said. “In reality, it involves children and adults who become victims of sex trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of slave labor through fraud, force or coercion by traffickers.”

For more information on BAATC, visit www.baatc.org.

To register and for more information on the summit, visit www.freedom-summit.org.

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