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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.

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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MVHS hires two new assistant principals

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees June 17 appointed William Blair and Lynne Ewald as assistant principals at Mountain View High School, effective at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

Blair and Ewald will join Dave Grissom, recently hired as the new principal, and Assistant Principal Mike Mathiesen on the school’s administrative team.

Blair taught Leadership, Broadcast Journalism, Newspaper and English at Mountain View High over the past nine years. He received the Mountain View Los Altos Teacher of the Year Award in 2009-2010.

Blair earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a teaching credential from the University of San Diego.

“We are pleased to welcome William to the MVLA administrative team,” Superintendent Barry Groves said. “He brings an unbridled enthusiasm for kids and a passion for learning. As his ASB kids told me, he is going to be an awesome administrator.”

Ewald previously served as assistant principal at Santa Clara High School, where Grissom worked for six years as the top administrator. In her role at Santa Clara High, Ewald oversaw the curriculum, master schedule, student activities and special programs.

She earned an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from San Jose State University.

“Lynne is the hardest-working administrator that I have ever worked with,” Grissom said. “Her relentless efforts on behalf of students are commendable. She will be a wonderful addition to the MVHS staff, and I look forward to working with her again.”

Blair and Ewald replace Donna Peltz and Sharon Chrisman. Peltz continues to serve the district as a consultant, and Chrisman retired this month.

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