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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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Owls ousted quickly from basketball playoffs

The regular season could not have gone much better for the Foothill College men’s basketball team, which entered the playoffs 22-5 overall and ranked fifth in the state. But the postseason couldn’t have gone much worse.

After earning the highest seed in school history, the No. 3 Owls lost their opener 50-39 to No. 14 San Joaquin Delta March 2 in Los Altos Hills.

“These kids didn’t deserve that type of ending, but it makes for great life parallels,” said Foothill coach Shanan Rosenberg, a St. Francis High graduate.

Held to fewer than 40 points for the first time this season, the Owls shot just 25 percent from the field against Delta (18-10).

Forward Stephen Grosey led the Owls with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite the sour ending, Rosenberg is proud of what his team accomplished this season. Foothill placed second to undefeated San Francisco in the challenging Coast Conference North Division (9-3) and ranked as high as third in the state and second in Northern California. Four Owls made the all-conference team: freshman Grosey and sophomores Daryl Wong, Suhail Mohammadi and Brendan Carroll.

“(It was an) excellent season not defined by the final contest, for sure,” the coach said. “It was a very special team.”

Rosenberg noted that his players performed as well on the court as they did in the classroom this year. The team’s 3.5 grade-point average is “probably a first in state (community college) history for a top-five team.”

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