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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.

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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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Los Altos High honored for civic involvement


Photo By: Town Crier File Photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

The state recognized Los Altos High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club, above on their February visit to Haiti, as a pioneering program in civic education.

Los Altos High School accepted the state of California’s Civic Learning Award in a campus ceremony last week.

Los Altos High earned the award, the first of its kind in state history, by pioneering several programs in civic education both inside and outside the classroom.

The award specifically recognized the following efforts.

• The Haiti Solidarity Club, which has developed extensive partnerships with Haitian grassroots organizations, including SOPUDEP, Los Altos High’s sister school in Port-au-Prince. Los Altos High regularly sends delegations comprising students, staff and adults to Haiti work on construction and fellowship projects.

• History Week, a five-day symposium dedicated to informing and educating more than 4,000 students on civic issues. This year’s program focused on “The Pursuit of Rights” and included more than 20 speakers.

• The “Muckraking” project conducted in U.S. History classes that assigned students the roles of modern investigative journalists covering a local problem and recommending practical solutions to that problem.

“It’s an enormous honor for Los Altos to be recognized as one of the first in California to receive an award like this,” said Wynne Satterwhite, principal of Los Altos High School. “Our teachers strive to create both responsible and knowledgeable individuals in their school experience, and we are very proud that our efforts have been so successful.”

Guests at the award ceremony included Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves, members of the district board, representatives of local elected officials and delegates from the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

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