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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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Los Altos falls to Gilroy 2-1 in softball semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Los Altos High senior Nikki Klepper watches a ball she fouled off late in last week’s CCS softball semifinal game.

While the Los Altos High softball team’s lone error loomed large in last week’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal, the fifth-seeded Eagles’ lack of productivity at the plate sealed their fate in the 2-1 loss to No. 8 Gilroy.

Los Altos mustered just three hits and stranded seven runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning of the May 22 game at San Jose’s PAL Stadium.

“We didn’t take advantage of opportunities,” coach Tom Barrera said. “We got runners in scoring position and didn’t come through with the timely hit. You need to execute in those situations, and we just didn’t do a good job executing.”

Except for the first inning.

With two away in the bottom of the frame, Eagles cleanup hitter Tianna Vasquez ripped a ground-rule double (the ball bounced over the centerfield fence) to score catcher Jasmine Pedroza, who led off with a walk and stole second base.

“It was an inside pitch and it was low, and I usually hit the low pitches better,” said Vasquez, a senior shortstop headed to Willamette University. “I just went up there looking to start a rally, and that’s what I did.”

The 1-0 lead wouldn’t last for long. The Mustangs tied it up in the second on Cristyn Simpson’s two-out double down the first-base line, which scored Holly Lam from second.

Los Altos pitcher Lizzy Beutter kept Gilroy in check for the next four innings. The freshman – who struck out three and walked two in a complete-game effort – didn’t allow another runner past first base until the seventh when the Mustangs scored the unearned run that won the game.

Gilroy freshman Anna Gamboa led off the seventh with a triple to center and the next batter, Nicole Green, hit a ground ball to third baseman Marialena Ahern. The junior faked throwing to first in hopes of catching Gamboa off base, but her hard toss to Vasquez (covering third) bounced off the Eagles’ dugout fence. Gamboa raced home, beating the throw to Pedroza.

Although the Eagles (18-10-2) threatened in the bottom of the seventh – Nikki Klepper walked and Pedroza singled with two outs before freshman Kaya Agustin struck out – their best chance to score another run had come two innings earlier.

Beutter drew a one-out walk in the fifth and moved to third on back-to-back errors by Gilroy (18-12) that allowed Klepper to reach base on a grounder and advance to second. After Natalie Hollenbaugh struck out, Pedroza walked to load the bases. But Mustangs pitcher Lauren Castro got out of the jam by getting Agustin to ground out.

Castro, a hard-throwing sophomore, notched eight strikeouts while going the distance.

“She was definitely one of the better pitchers we’ve seen this season,” Vasquez said.

Castro’s defense saved her from surrendering a second hit to Vasquez. Los Altos’ co-team captain belted a ball to deep right field with one away in the fourth, only to see Rachel Tomlinson track it down.

“That girl just made a spectacular catch in right field,” Barrera said. “That would have turned into a double, if not more.”

Just another oh-so-close moment for the Eagles, knocked out of the playoffs by Gilroy for the second consecutive season.

“We worked really, really hard, and I don’t think we deserved the loss,” Vasquez said, “but that’s what happened.”

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