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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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Save your child's skin from the sun

It’s summertime, and your child is likely playing outdoors for at least a portion of each day. How can you encourage your child to enjoy outdoor activities while protecting his or her skin from harmful ultraviolet rays?

The best way to protect your child’s skin is to limit direct sun exposure. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing offer the ideal protection outdoors. If possible, have your child play in the shade during the sun’s peak hours, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Effective coverage

If your child’s skin is directly exposed to the sun, the next best defense is sunscreen. For the most effective sunscreen coverage, follow these tips.

• Don’t skimp – slather it on. Apply sunscreen liberally to cover all exposed skin, including your child’s ears, neck, hands and feet. Remember, more is better when it comes to sunscreen.

• Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors. It can take 30 minutes for sunscreen to start working.

• Don’t save the sunscreen for sunny days. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Check the national UV Index at epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html to find the specific UV risk for your area on any given day.

• Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after a dip in the pool, even if you’re using a water-resistant product.

• Keep babies under 6 months of age completely out of direct sunlight. When going outside, dress your little one in lightweight clothing and a hat with a brim.

Choosing a sunscreen

There are countless rows of sunscreens at the drugstore. How can you possibly pick the right one? Look for the following labels and ingredients.

• Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This means it will protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

• SPF 30 is best for children who are active outdoors for long periods of time. The higher sun-protection factor blocks out 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. Sunscreens with even higher SPFs don’t offer much additional protection.

• Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are good for young children and those with sensitive skin. Sunscreens with these ingredients physically block the sun’s UVA rays from penetrating the skin. They are best for infants, toddlers and anyone with eczema. They are also effective and safe for older children and adults.

Outdoor fun is part of what summer is all about. But it’s important to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays.

Dr. Manisha Panchal is a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Santa Clara Center.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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