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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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New Los Altos girls basketball coach eager to get started

Although it seems Los Altos High changes girls basketball coaches nearly as often as Taylor Swift switches boyfriends, Jaclyn Brode intends to stick around awhile.

“I’m not going anywhere,” said Brode, the Eagles’ sixth coach in nine years and eighth since 2001.

Hired May 14, Brode is rooted in the area – she grew up in Mountain View and still lives there – and has connections to both high schools in the district. Brode is a 2002 graduate of Mountain View High, where she played basketball and softball, and this year coached both sports at Los Altos. Brode ran the Eagles’ junior-varsity girls basketball team and was an assistant coach for JV softball.

Brode, working toward a degree in physical education at San Francisco State, said she started coaching 10 years ago. Brode has coached basketball at the YMCA and at Egan Junior High, a feeder school for Los Altos High.

Having coached a few of the girls as Egan eighth-graders prior to guiding the Eagles’ JV team last season, Brode is familiar with the players she’s inheriting.

“I love those kids – they’re a great group,” she said. “They work really hard and they’re smart.”

Brode added that she’s “excited to get started.” That eagerness and energy helped her land the job, according to athletic director Kim Cave.

“Jaclyn brings a great deal of enthusiasm and inspiration to the program,” she said. “She has a great passion for the game.”

But that’s not all Brode brings to the bench, according to Cave.

“Her knowledge, focus and ability to communicate with players is what we are looking for,” the athletic director said.

When she’s not taking classes or coaching, Brode spends much of her time working one-on-one with elementary students in east San Jose who are behind in school.

“I’m all about education and kids,” she said. “I put character above all else, and I’m going to be honest with the girls (on the team).”

Brode takes over a squad that went 19-7 last season under Kevin Lee, who was not asked back after two years at the helm. The Eagles shared the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division championship with Mountain View this year and reached the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“They had a lot of success, but there’s a lot of room to grow,” Brode said. “They have a lot of potential.”

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