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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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Determined CSMA fundraiser dedicated to school’s success


Photo By: Courtesy of CSMA
Photo Courtesy Of Csma

Colette Rodgers, Community School of Music and Arts development director, raises funds for the program.

Colette Rodgers has proven repeatedly that hard work, determination and passion can realize hard-to-reach goals. The Champaign, Ill., native raised her two younger brothers on her own, but that challenge did not deter her from acceptance into Harvard and Stanford universities, where she majored in civil engineering.

Rodgers’ new challenge is raising money for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. The nonprofit organization’s development director since September, Rodgers keeps busy retaining the support of the school’s current donors while soliciting contributions from new ones.

“Any given day, we have two or three grants due,” she said. “There’s a lot of meetings, research and strategizing.”

Founded in 1968, the school offers a wide range of arts education, reaching more than 40,000 people of all ages annually. The school offers lessons, classes, camps and workshops in music, visual and new media arts, as well as free concerts, exhibitions and special cultural events. School officials claim that CSMA is the region’s largest school of its kind.

Fundraising for CSMA is a demanding job, but Rodgers sees her role as contributing to the cause of a strong arts school and its excellent staff.

“I was surprised at the (efforts of) the staff and what they bring to the table,” she said. “People always produce well and give their all. When I feel passion from the staff, it’s easier to do the job.”

Rodgers’ history makes clear her desire to help others and her refusal to back down from challenges. She volunteered and worked at the National Urban League. She started an afterschool program that taught youth skills and helped them find work in the construction industry. When the federal government pulled funding for the program, Rodgers raised the money herself to keep it afloat.

As for goals in her current position, Rodgers said she would like to see more CSMA outreach to schools in low-income areas.

“Kids are not getting access (to the arts),” she said.

For more information, visit www.arts4all.org.

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