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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.

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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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Spartans’ season ends in semifinals


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Mountain View High’s Jake Stuebner notched nine kills and two blocks Thursday.

Despite dropping the first two games, the Mountain View High boys volleyball team refused to quit against Deer Valley in the Northern California Division I semifinals. The Spartans weren’t able to win Thursday’s match, but they didn’t get swept.

Down 24-21 in the third game, Mountain View rallied for its lone win of the night.

“The boys showed tremendous resolve,” coach M. Anthony Chen said, “ and we tied it up and then went back and forth before pulling out a gutsy game, 30-28.”

The third-seeded Spartans “took the momentum into game four,” the coach added, building a six-point lead. But No. 2 Deer Valley “kept coming at us and caught us at 21,” Chen said.

The game went back and forth until host Deer Valley pulled out a 25-23 victory to secure a spot in last Saturday’s final.

Kurt Dentinger paced Mountain View in the semis, posting 18 kills, two blocks and three aces. Logan Allen added 11 kills and four blocks; Jake Stuebner contributed nine kills and two blocks.

“I’m extremely proud of the effort the boys put out – not just (Thursday) night, but the whole season,” Chen said.

The Spartans, who swept Lowell in the quarterfinals, finished the year with a 29-3 record. Mountain View won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and advanced to the Central Coast Section final, falling to Mitty in straight games.

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