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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.

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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EcoCenter hosts ‘Place of Magic’ exhibition


Photo By: Salvatore Ventura/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Salvatore Ventura/Special To The Town Crier

“A Place of Magic,” Salvatore Ventura’s photos of the Baylands Nature Reserve, is on display through June 1 in Palo Alto.

The art exhibition “A Place of Magic” – photography of the Baylands Nature Preserve – is scheduled to run through June 1 at the Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

A reception with photographer Salvatore Ventura is slated 1-3 p.m. April 27. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

After moving from Europe to the Bay Area, Ventura said he discovered his love for photography and nature, honed by California’s picturesque landscapes. Over the past decade, he has explored various photography styles – from natural landscapes to personal portraits – and documented several area events. He eventually discovered the Palo Alto Baylands, which he described as “a place of magic.”

The exhibition is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

All works are for sale. Proceeds benefit the Environmental Volunteers. Through hands-on science education, the organization promotes understanding of and responsibility for the environment. Members train volunteers to teach natural science to children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties through classroom lessons, day camps, nature walks and field trips.

For more information on the Environmental Volunteers, visit www.evols.org.

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