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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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St. Francis students unite against bullying with green laces


Photo By: Courtesy of St. Francis High School
Photo Courtesy Of St. Francis High School

St. Francis High School senior Brianna Miller uses skits and discussions to encourage freshmen to join the Lace Up Stand Up campaign.

St. Francis High School students adorned their backpacks and wrists with neon green laces this year, embracing a novel way to unite against bullying.

Seniors spoke to freshman religion classes in May, introducing the message “Lace Up Stand Up.” Lace Up Stand Up is an organization aimed at empowering students to combat bullying. The group uses the green laces to promote awareness and to let others know that whoever is wearing them will stand up for bullied victims. Leaders teach students techniques they can use if they ever witness others being bullied.

“We want you to be that person who does the right thing,” said senior Brianna Miller to a class of freshmen.

St. Francis alumni Kyle Miller and Chris Barrett, who graduated in 2010, founded Lace Up Stand Up. Now students at the University of San Diego, Miller and Barrett wanted to teach bystanders what to say and how to say it when witnessing someone being bullied.

After spending several months fine-tuning the curriculum, Miller and Barrett introduced their program to several schools and groups in San Diego. The number keeps growing as they recruit ambassadors to lead workshops for youth organizations and schools, including St. Francis.

St. Francis Dean of Students Margaret Miller praised Lace Up Stand Up as a valuable program for students because it reinforces the school community’s values and trains older students to help younger ones deal stand up to peer pressure.

“We want our school to be an environment where all students can feel comfortable and thrive,” she said. “This program is special because not only was it started by two of our alums, it gives our students tools they can use to show leadership among their peers.”

Brianna Miller, Kyle’s younger sister and one of 20 Lace Up Stand Up high school ambassadors, said everyone can identify with bullying – as a victim, bully or witness. Brianna said she was teased when she was younger, so she is determined to teach others how to stand up for themselves.

Brianna and other ambassadors use skits and discussions to draw freshmen in and encourage them to join Lace Up Stand Up.

She said she’s optimistic that just as she and other seniors will take the Lace Up Stand Up message to their new college campuses next year, the presence of the neon green laces will continue to grow at St. Francis.

“We’re building leaders because we want the younger students to take over,” she said. “We want them to be able to use these skills all four years of high school.”

For more information, visit www.laceupstandup.com.

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