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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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A day of riveting races


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Delaney Rasmussen, 7, raises the red flag at the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race. Delaney’s mom is a member of the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, which helps organize the event.

While it’s still uncertain exactly how many people took part in the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race – the event organizer’s estimate varied considerably from the race director’s – all agreed that the July 14 fundraiser was a success.

“The weather was perfect for an afternoon of racing,” said organizer Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill’s director of facilities and special projects. “No major injuries and a good turnout, about 300 racers.”

Race director Chris Twiggs – who put the number of participants at 374 – said, “The races were very competitive. Every event from the juniors (boys/girls 10/12) all the way up to our women’s and men’s top races had their own story.”

Of the 12 events held on the 1.09-mile loop course around the Los Altos Hills campus, the Men’s Elite Pro Category 1/2 race “had one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen in a long time,” according to Twiggs. Robert Evans of Scotts Valley overtook San Francisco’s James Enright just before the finish line.

Enright “was doing an early victory celebration,” Twiggs said, when Evans passed him “at the last minute to take first place. It was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time.”

Los Altos resident Matthew Abdalah finished 10th in the race, one of the most competitive of the day. Other local residents who placed among the top 10 in a race: Sara Bird of Los Altos (third, Women’s Category 1/2); Dan Tedford of Mountain View (fourth, Men’s Category 1/2/3, Masters 35-39); Yvonne Walbroehl of Mountain View (ninth, Women’s Category 3); and Thomas Dillon of Los Altos Hills (10th, Men’s Category 3).

Dubbed “The Learning Curve,” the circuit race is a joint effort (Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club) to raise money to construct a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus.

At press time, Davis-Visas was not sure how much money this year’s event raised. But without a major sponsor and having raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, it’s a safe bet Foothill remains a long way from the $700,000 needed to construct the first leg of the path.

“(We’re) hoping to increase spectator participation and community involvement in the future,” Davis-Visas said.


Foothill College Circuit Race - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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