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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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New MVHS administrators greet students


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dave Grissom, Mountain View High School’s new principal, addresses a group of students on campus last week.

When Mountain View High School students started school this week, they met their new principal, Dave Grissom.

Grissom, a San Diego native, assumed the position after eight-year principal Keith Moody transitioned to the role of director of the district’s Adult Education program in June.

Grissom discovered that he enjoyed interacting with youth while in college, when he coached baseball and football.

“I always saw myself doing something good for kids,” he said. “I loved (working with the students). I found my niche in life.”

Grissom began his teaching career at Santa Clara High School in 1994 and in 1998 became an administrator at Lincoln High in San Jose, eventually coming full circle back to Santa Clara High, where he served as principal for the past seven years.

“I just love being around kids – they bring such a zest for life,” he said. “I always thought I could bring a real positive change in their lives as well.”

Although he will miss the Santa Clara High community, Grissom expressed enthusiasm as he begins his tenure at Mountain View.

“I’ve never felt more welcome than I have at Mountain View,” he said. “I have met some very dynamic and great people already, and I’m really ready to start the school year.”

Rich in resources

Grissom praised the resources of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been fortunate enough to be at a school and district that offers as much for their students as this one does,” he said. “The resources they offer to their students is bar none above what I’ve seen offered before.”

As to goals and objectives for his first year on the job, Grissom listed diving into the new grading policy and implementing the new common core curriculum as priorities.

“I want to work on the grading policy to help all,” he said. “I am trying to create some transparency there.”

Grissom described himself as a “hands-on leader” who enjoys “positive relationships with kids and families.”

Grissom and his wife of 19 years, Christine, live with their sons, Ryan, 15, and Connor, 11, in San Jose. In his spare time, Grissom spends time with his boys, usually involving sports.

An admitted sports fan, Grissom plays golf and serves as an umpire for Little League games. His coaching experience in college served as a bridge to his career.

“I found a love there, and the love transferred into the classroom,” he said. “Being a teacher was the greatest job I’ve ever had, and it pushed me into the profession I am in today.”

Other new faces

Grissom’s is not the only new face on campus this year. The district hired two assistant principals at the close of the past school year: William Blair, a Mountain View High instructor, and Lynne Ewald, an administrator who worked with Grissom at Santa Clara High.

Blair taught Leadership, Broadcast Journalism, Newspaper and English for the past nine years at Mountain View High. He received the Mountain View Los Altos Teacher of the Year Award in 2009-2010 for his outstanding teaching and work with myriad student groups, including the Iwata Japanese Exchange Program, the Associated Student Body, Camp Everytown and the Link Crew. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and his teaching credential from the University of San Diego.

Ewald joins the district from Santa Clara High, where she served as assistant principal for 12 years. Ewald was responsible for curriculum, master schedule, student activities and special programs. She has received commendations for her work as a science teacher at all levels of biology and physics. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her master’s in educational administration from San Jose State University.

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