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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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Sports on the Side

Soccer sign-ups

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The region serves boys and girls in grades K-12 who live in northern Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. AYSO follows six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. The registration fee is discounted if paid by May 20. To register or for more information, visit ayso43.org.

Racing for owls

The 12th annual Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. May 11 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road. There will be 5K, 10K and 1-mile races. The event raises money to install owl houses at the barn in hopes that the birds will control unwanted rodents. Registration is $15-$30 (based on length of race) prior to May 11 and an additional $5 on race day. Group discounts are available. To register or for more information, visit lahpathwaysrun.org.

Backpacking basics

REI in Mountain View is set to host a free presentation, “Lightweight Backpacking Basics,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. REI backpacking expert Philip Watkins provides tips on traveling light when backpacking. REI is at 2450 Charleston Road. To reserve a seat and for more information, visit www.rei.com/mountainview.

Race seeks sponsors

Sponsors are sought for the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” scheduled July 14 on the Los Altos Hills campus. The race raises funds to construct a multiuse bike and pedestrian path encircling the campus. Organizers seek a title sponsor ($5,000), individual race sponsors ($300-$1,300) and prize sponsors (product donations). Sponsors get their names/logos printed on the back of race T-shirts and on banners around the course, and receive space for a product booth. If interested, contact Brenda Davis-Visas at 949-7033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tennis, anyone?

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. If interested, contact membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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