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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.

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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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Locals run, jump their way to CCS championships


Photo By: Chris Scheetz/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Chris Scheetz/Special To The Town Crier Los Altos High’s Will Scheetz hands off to Tyler Polen in the boys 4x100 relay Saturday.

No local girl had a better day at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals than Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson. The Los Altos Hills resident won the 3,200-meter run and placed second in the 1,600 race Saturday at Gilroy High.

Robinson ran the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 45.54 seconds – nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Danielle Katz of Los Gatos – and placed roughly one second behind San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell in the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.10.

“I feel good about (Saturday’s) races,” Robinson said. “My main focus at CCS trials was just to qualify for CCS finals.”

The finals are scheduled Friday back at Gilroy (4 p.m. field events, 6 p.m. track races), where Robinson aims to run her best and advance to next week’s state meet.

“My expectations for Friday would be to place well in CCS and to run PRs (personal records),” the junior said. “I think if I can accomplish both of those things, I will be happy.”

Mountain View’s Kolisa Nhlapo also qualified for the finals in two events. The junior finished fourth in the girls 300 hurdles (45.66) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.62).

“I feel good about the meet results; all of my personal goals were met,” Nhlapo said. “I will be entering the CCS finals with renewed vigor.”

The Spartans qualified two more girls for the finals, both in the 1,600. Melissa Reed placed sixth (5:02.10) and Maya Weigel came in 10th (5:13.17).

Lauren Jacobs will represent the Los Altos girls Friday. The freshman finished seventh in the 3,200 (11:14.27).

On the boys side, Los Altos senior Danny Yeager qualified in three events. He placed second in the 300 hurdles (38.69), tied for fifth in the high jump (clearing 6 feet, 2 inches) and ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay, which came in sixth (3:27.58). Arthur Bogdanovich ran the first leg, Konrad Niemiec the second and Willem Van Eck anchored the relay.

The Eagles’ 4x100 relay advanced as well. The team of Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Van Eck ran a 43.25 to nab the eighth and final spot in the finals.

“We did not have our best races in the relays but managed to sneak into finals,” said co-head coach Dave Barth, who noted that his research shows this is only the second time Los Altos has qualified both boys relay teams for the meet. “It is very hard at CCS (semifinals) to qualify for CCS finals because every team shows up ready to perform.”

Brian Yeager will join his older brother at the finals. The sophomore took fourth in the triple jump (44-7.50). Mountain View’s Drew Russert also advanced in the event, placing eighth (43-9).

Kevin Bastoul was the other Spartan to qualify, seizing the last berth with a 12th-place time of 4:27.65.

St. Francis shines

St. Francis will have several competitors at Friday’s CCS finals.

For the boys, Khalid Johnson has qualified in the 100 and 200 dashes, while twin brother Khalil made it in the long jump. Khalid won the 200 (21.79) and took second in the 100 (11.02) at the semifinals; Khalil was fifth in the long jump (22-7).

Marc Toney tied for first in the pole vault (13-0) and Gabriel McLarnan earned eighth in the 800 run (1:56.41). Both relay teams won their races, with the 4x100 tying rival Bellarmine for first (42.0) and the 4x400 prevailing outright (3:24.74).

Two St. Francis girls advanced: Lauren Johnson in the triple jump (second, 37-3.75) and 100 hurdles (fifth, 15.37) and Mackenzie Florant in the high jump (fifth, 5-0).

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