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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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MVLA Community Scholars celebrate students


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA Scholars
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla Scholars

MVLA Community Scholars honorees, their families and their mentors attend a reception recognizing the students’ efforts May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars recognized new scholars from Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District schools at a reception in Los Altos May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, provides four-year renewable college scholarships and mentoring to local students with powerful life stories. The program’s mission is to help students gain the confidence and determination to succeed in college by providing scholarships, personal mentoring and community support.

This year, 22 students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools received MVLA Community Scholars scholarships.

• Los Altos High School: Asha Bhote, Mabis Gharti Chhetry, Caitlin Hoover, Alexandra Lopez, Anthony Mata, Liliana Medina, Glenda Vargas, Adriana Velasco and Janna Wang.

• Mountain View High School: Roberto Aguilar, Kevin Alarcon, Ashley Alvarez-Lorenzo, Estefania Bautista, Diana Contreras-Chavez, Ana Gomez, Christian Hernandez, Sydney Magana, Viet Nguyen, Kristen Redaniel, Kara Rivera, Jamie Rodas and Eneyda Tobar.

“Each one of these students has fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to college,” District Superintendent Barry Groves said. “It is truly inspiring to see these dedicated and hardworking students head out into the world, eager to make their way in it. They want to contribute to society in a positive way and will have a profound effect on the future of us all. I salute them and wish them well.”

Celebrating success

The end of high school is a happy time for diligent students and their families, who have seen the fruits of their hard work pay off. But for some students, the road has not been an easy one. Without the ability to pay for college test prep classes, private tutors or summer programs to beef up high school resumes, many among this year’s graduates had to look elsewhere for help in achieving the dream of a college education. For this year’s honorees, MVLA Community Scholars provided the answer.

“When a student is selected to be an MVLA Community Scholar, the student and family become part of our family,” said Dee Gibson, chairwoman of MVLA Community Scholars. “Most of our scholars are the first in their families to attend college, so the opportunity to graduate from college is a transformative experience that impacts their entire family and community.”

Gibson cited the importance of mentoring as a cornerstone in the MVLA Community Scholars’ charter.

“These scholars become role models for their families, their peers and their community,” she said. “One of the key components of our program is the role that our mentors play in the life of the student from the moment that they are accepted as a scholar through graduation. The mentors help the students overcome roadblocks that could prevent them from graduating from college.”

Founded in 2000, MVLA Community Scholars has provided scholarships for more than 200 students from the MVLA school district and currently funds more than 60 college students. The MVLA Community Roundtable, comprising several community organizations including the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Quota Club and the Los Altos Community Foundation, administers the application process. Awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year for students attending primarily UCs, CSUs and local community colleges plus a small number of private universities.

More than 100 volunteers serve as mentors, on the scholarship selection committee and on program oversight. More than 70 donors contribute to each class of Scholars.

For more information, email Dee Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Renee Hinson is an MVLA Community Scholars volunteer.

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