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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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Lauck headlines list of locals playing in all-star football game


Town Crier file photo
St. Francis High quarterback Mike Lauck is slated to play in tonight’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game.

Recent graduates of Mountain View, St. Francis and Homestead highs have committed to play in the 39th annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game, scheduled 7:30 p.m. today at San Jose City College.

Also known as the Silicon Valley Youth Classic, the contest showcases Santa Clara County’s top high school players from the Class of 2013.

Local participants include defensive back Joe Flores and linebacker Chad Schaumburg of Mountain View, quarterback Mike Lauck of St. Francis and Homestead defensive back Mark Hirschbeck, a Los Altos resident.

Lauck led St. Francis to the Central Coast Section Division II championship last November and was named to the West Catholic Athletic League First Team. He has agreed to play for the University of La Verne, an NCAA Division III school in Southern California.

Flores and Schaumburg, both selected to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division First Team last fall, plan to play at Foothill College. Schaumburg was voted Mountain View’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Hirschbeck, chosen SCVAL De Anza Division First Team utility player and team MVP, intends to play for De Anza College.

The four locals will play on the North in a game against the South that honors the late Charlie Wedemeyer, the longtime Los Gatos football coach who suffered from ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Game tickets are $15.

For more information, visit youthclassic.org.

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