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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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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 siblings sweep Hobie Cat Youth Championships


Courtesy of Dafna Brown
The Brown brothers – Nate, left, and Ben, right – often race against each other but competed together in a regatta last year at the F18 World Championships.

Sailing siblings Nate and Ben Brown of Los Altos finished one-two at the Hobie Cat Youth North American Championships, held July 30 through Aug. 1 at Huntington Lake.

Nate – a Pinewood School graduate entering his sophomore year at Chapman University – and crew member Ryan Lee, 9, claimed the regatta by winning six of the 12 races in the series. Ben, in his senior year at Pinewood, and crew member Casey Larson of Iowa followed closely behind to earn the silver medal.

Because this was the final year Nate could race in the Youth Championships, it was his last chance to settle a score with his younger brother. In 2011, 14-year-old Ben took the title by narrowly beating his brother in a comeback tiebreaker on the last day of the championships in Ocean Springs, Miss.

“In Mississippi, Nate dominated the first two days but fell apart the last day, and it was actually kind of heartbreaking to see him lose,” Ben said. “But this year, he was consistent the whole regatta, and I’m really proud of him and happy for him.”

The championships featured teams from throughout the country, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Iowa, Washington and Oregon.

Next up for the brothers: the U.S. Multihull Championship, an all-ages event that brings together the top sailors in the country to race on the San Francisco Bay. On the last day of the regatta, scheduled Sept. 4-7, races will be held in San Francisco as the opening act for the America’s Cup finals that begin the same day.

“It’s exciting to have such an incredible event virtually in our backyard,” Nate said. “Sailing normally does not get this sort of publicity, but with the changes they’ve made to the Cup this year, thousands of fans are able to watch live from shore or even on YouTube, and being able to sail in front of those fans is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity.”

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