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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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Pinewood and Los Altos girls soccer teams both one win away from division crowns


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Copriviza

The Pinewood School girls soccer team took a giant step toward making the playoffs with a 5-2 win over host Mercy-Burlingame last week.

The two teams played to a draw a month ago and entered the Feb. 5 match tied for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

The Panthers, who then routed Mercy-San Francisco 5-1 Thursday, needed only to beat Immaculate Conception Academy Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) to finish the league season undefeated.

A first-place finish guarantees Pinewood a Valentine’s Day date against the fourth-place team in the upper WBAL Foothill Division (to be determined), with the winner advancing to the Central Coast Section playoffs. The Panthers last made CCS in 2007.

“We’re unstoppable right now,” co-head coach Mike Tetzlaff said after Thursday’s road victory, which upped Pinewood’s record to 11-0-1 in league, 12-3-2 overall.

The Panthers led both of last week’s games 3-1 at halftime. Pinewood freshman Amrita Mecker, whom Tetzlaff called “a dynamic midfielder,” left the Mercy-Burlingame match in the sixth minute with an injury, “but the team shook it off, adjusted to the bigger field and gusty wind, and just went about its business without being unnerved by the importance of this game for the standings in our division.”

Jordan Berke scored the Panthers’ initial goal, Kelly Branson scored the next three and Nicole Colonna the last one. Freshman Hannah Ditzler gave a “strong performance” in goal, according to Tetzlaff.

In Thursday’s win at Mercy-San Francisco, Pinewood received two goals from Courtney Copriviza and one each from Gretchen Olsen, Maddie Augustine and Leah Hess.

Pinewood is not the lone local team contending for a league title in girls soccer. Los Altos can claim the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division crown by beating host Los Gatos in today’s regular-season finale, scheduled 3:30 p.m.

A month ago, Los Altos (7-2-2) eked out a 1-0 home victory against Los Gatos (8-2-1).

The Eagles (10-3-3 overall) last week followed a 1-0 loss at Homestead Feb. 6 with a 2-0 win over visiting Gunn Friday. Sophia Hyver (header) and Tess Wendelken scored in the victory, assisted by Stephanie Kouvelas and Allie Crum, respectively.

St. Francis, the second seed in the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, routed No. 7 Sacred Heart Cathedral 4-0 in Saturday’s opening round. The host Lancers (16-2-1 overall) led 3-0 at halftime.

Megan Keeth finished with two goals for St. Francis; Cristina Polini and Sophia Villata tallied one each.

The Lancers were scheduled to face No. 3 Valley Christian in Tuesday’s semifinals (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline). The winner advances to Thursday’s final, set for 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis.

Boys soccer

Mountain View clinched its fourth consecutive SCVAL De Anza Division title – and fifth overall – in “very exciting fashion,” coach Jim McGuirk said.

The host Spartans edged second-place Santa Clara 3-2 Feb. 6, overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the second half. After Guillermo Burger scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game, sweeper Travis Pinkner scored on a header off a throw-in by Cameron Lesslie with under a minute left.

Lesslie scored the first goal for the Spartans (7-1-2, 13-2-3)

It’s been a tying season for Los Altos, which played Gunn and Homestead to draws last week. The Eagles have five ties, two wins and four losses in De Anza Division play.

After a scoreless game against Homestead Feb. 6, the Eagles tied Gunn 1-all Friday on a goal from Matt Schonher, assisted by Josh Stephens.

Girls basketball

Pinewood held on for a 55-50 win at Menlo Friday to cap round-robin play in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. The Panthers – up 10 to start the fourth quarter – trailed 50-49 with two minutes left but rallied with a 6-0 spurt to close the contest.

Gabi Bade paced Pinewood with 16 points and Marissa Hing scored 13. The Panthers made eight of their 14 3-point shots.

As the second seed in the WBAL playoffs, Pinewood (8-2, 19-5) advances directly to the semifinals, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mercy-San Francisco.

St. Francis concluded WCAL round-robin play with a 29-23 win at Presentation Feb. 6. Jennifer Lucian scored 13 points for the Lancers (8-4, 18-6).

St. Francis, the third seed in the WCAL playoffs, was scheduled to host No. 6 Valley Christian Tuesday. The winner moves on to Thursday’s semifinals.

Boys basketball

Mountain View routed visiting Homestead 53-34 Friday in SCVAL De Anza Division action. The Spartans jumped to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter.

Brian Kaestner totaled 20 points and Nick Wang had 15 for Mountain View (6-4, 13-9).

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