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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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CSMA hires new executive director


The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View hired Vickie Scott Grove as its new executive director, effective Aug. 5.

“As we move into a new and exciting growth phase, Ms. Grove’s strong nonprofit management and strategic planning skills, breadth of perspective and experience, and proven ability to build collaborations, partnerships and diverse teams will be invaluable to fulfillment of our goals,” said Debra Summers, chairwoman of the school’s board of directors.

Like her mother and grandmother, Grove grew up taking piano lessons and singing in her church choir in her native Virginia. She and her children have been immersed in the Bay Area’s jazz community, as performers and audience members, for many years.

“The arts have always been an important part of my life,” Grove said. “It is a great joy for me to be part of the CSMA community. I look forward to continuing and deepening CSMA’s leadership in making music and arts education accessible for all.”

Grove is a senior-level executive with financial, business development and social venture experience. She is former executive director of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and most recently served as vice president of programs at ALearn, where she was responsible for the development, expansion and evaluation of supplemental education programs in 12 school districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The community is invited to meet Grove at the Community School of Music and Art’s annual open house, scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The event will include art class demonstrations, student performances and tours of the facility.

For more information, visit arts4all.org.

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