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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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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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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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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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Community celebrates beloved teacher


Photo By: Photos Courtesy of Alanna Lanman
Photo Photos Courtesy Of Alanna Lanman Sue Prescott-Kavinoky celebrates her retirement with all five of the Lanman boys, whom she taught throughout the years. .

Sue Prescott-Kavinoky said adios to her teaching career last month after 45 years of service.

Former and current students, friends and community members gathered at Estrellita’s Restaurant June 2 to commemorate the veteran teacher’s career, many emphasizing the lasting impact of her instruction beyond the classroom.

Affectionately known as Frau Prescott or Senorita Prescott, Prescott taught German, French and Spanish to Egan Junior High School students – and over the years, their children and their children’s children.

“The lifelong impact Sue has had on thousands of students is remarkable,” said Alanna Lanman, whose five sons had Prescott as a teacher. “Her ability to teach Spanish (German until 1995 and French in the early days) to each and every individual student, while communicating a love for each of her students, earned her respect from every student she has taught.”

Lanman, who helped plan Prescott’s retirement celebration, added that the longtime educator’s teaching style was “remarkable.”

“Sue sets a high standard of discipline mixed with humor and humble confidence,” Lanman said. “She has had incredible success teaching what we all call her ‘Miss Prescott Method’ to five decades of students. It is such a shame she is retiring. Each of my five sons says Sue is absolutely the best teacher he has ever had, even through college.”

More than 350 former students, colleagues and parents packed the restaurant to honor Prescott and her legacy. Another 150 former students couldn’t make the party but sent messages of support and thanks. Students shared memories and made impromptu speeches. At one point, the guests rose in a standing ovation that lasted more than three minutes.

Former students testified to Prescott’s lasting impact.

“Thanks for showing that opportunity is ever present and ours for the taking,” wrote Mike Cardoza of Egan’s Class of 1984, in a letter. “Also, that not judging others is one of the highest forms of respect.”

Cardoza, a self-proclaimed study hall goof-off later studied German, graduated from Georgetown Law School, became a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in Iraq and is now CEO of a financial services firm leading “an enormously happy life.”

“I can still say, after all the great educators I subsequently encountered in high school, at Yale and beyond, that I learned more from you than any other teacher I ever had,” said Fritz Lanman of Egan’s Class of 1995.

Prescott earned respect and admiration from parents as well.

“What a blessing to have two of our children learn Spanish under your command,” said Lee Luca. “You not only taught them the language, but a love for the culture. You also inspired them to work hard and reap the rewards.”

Former student Margaret Lewis made a tribute video for Prescott to celebrate her 40th year of teaching. To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1WWTb81Ctc.

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