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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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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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Pinewood musical production recognized


Photo By: Emmy Copriviza/Special to the Town Cier
Photo Emmy Copriviza/Special To The Town Cier

Pinewood School’s April production of “The Sound of Music” drew sold-out crowds and was nominated for eight Bay Area School Musical Theatre Awards.

Pinewood School recently received nominations in eight different categories in the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards for its production of “The Sound of Music.”

Nineteen private and public high school musical theater programs competed in the 2013 Stage Top Honor Awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, featuring productions of “Legally Blonde,” “Into the Woods,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Cabaret” and “We Will Rock You.”

Pinewood’s “The Sound of Music” marked the school’s first three-campus production, including children from the Lower and Middle campuses to fill the roles of the von Trapp children.

Over its two-weekend run, the production filled more than 900 seats, selling out the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College for every performance.

Talmage Wise, nominated for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Captain von Trapp, is competing to advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Jimmy Awards in New York City in June. If selected, he will vie for a $10,000 scholarship and a talent scholarship to New York University.

“I’m so honored to be nominated along with this group of gentlemen,” Wise said. “I’ve had the pleasure to perform with a few of them at the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Showcase this past January and they are truly talented. It’s just such a wonderful opportunity to even have the chance to go to New York City to compete in The Jimmy Awards. I’m truly blessed.”

Students nominated for the Bay Area Awards include Garrett Biggs in the Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Max Detweiler, Haley Longbottom in the Featured Actress category for her portrayal of Liesl von Trapp and Carson Robinette in the Featured Actor category for his portrayal of Rolf. Veronica Boyce was nominated in the Student Technical Achievement category for her work as student technical director under the supervision of Doug Eivers.

Art teacher Jared Leake was nominated for Graphic Design for creating the poster and program. Shenelle Williams, music teacher for seventh- through 12th-graders, was nominated in the Hair/Makeup and Musical Direction categories.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the Fourth Annual Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards Gala, scheduled 7 p.m. Monday at the California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. The evening will feature performances by the nominated high schools. Wise is scheduled to sing “Edelweiss.”

For tickets to the 2013 Top Honor Awards Gala, visit www.thestage.org.

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