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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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Eagles expect to compete for league crown


Town Crier file photo
Meghan McDermott is one of four seniors on the Los Altos High volleyball team.

Graduation has gutted several volleyball teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division, putting the league title “really up for grabs,” according to Los Altos High coach Peter Kim.

So can the Eagles – with five returning starters – grab it?

“I’m hoping,” Kim said. “We have a lot of experience and talent. It’s one of our goals – we’d definitely like to be in the mix.”

Los Altos returns nine players in all, many of whom contributed to last season’s playoff team, which finished fourth in the league and 22-15 overall.

Returnees include senior setter Hanna Koehler and junior outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, who earned first-team all-league honors a year ago, and senior libero Katie Tritschler, a second-team selection. Seniors Meghan McDermott (outside hitter) and Michelle Albright (right-side hitter), along with juniors Jenna Hoover (middle blocker) and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh (setter), are also back after playing significant roles last season.

The Eagles have added just five players to the roster, including talented transfer Megan Wilhelm from powerhouse-program Mitty.

“She’s in the race for playing time,” Kim said of the 5-foot-9 sophomore, who plays right-side and outside hitter. “But that’s going to be hard to get for some of the nonstarters.”

As new starters go, Los Altos has one for sure – 5-10 junior Kristen Liu, who Kim said will play alongside the 6-1 Hoover in the middle. Christiansen-Salameh may join the starting lineup as well, teaming with Koehler at setter if Los Altos opts for a 6-2 offense.

“I’m leaning toward it,” the coach said of running a two-setter system. “It frees up three hitters consistently in the front row and gives Hanna more of a chance to pass and hit.”

Koehler and McDermott have been named co-captains of the team.

“Hanna is the perfect captain – she’s always upbeat, has a great attitude and is a good athlete,” Kim said. “We’re also going to lean on Meghan’s leadership. She’s super competitive and super consistent.”

Tritschler – whose sophomore sister Sarah is on the team as well – “is one of the better liberos in our league,” the coach said. “She gets a lot of balls, reads offenses well and is competitive.”

Kim also had high praise for outside hitter Annevelink, the team’s tallest player at 6-2.

“She’s our best hitter,” he said. “I expect big things from her this year. She should be one of the strongest players in the league.”

On the right side, 6-footer Albright “has gotten a lot better over the years,” Kim said, and “her blocking is really important” to the team’s success.

The coach expects two other players to bring the blocks as well. Middle blockers Hoover and Liu “will be super important to what we do,” Kim said.

This weekend the Eagles get a chance to show what they can do. They open the season at Spikefest I, an all-day tournament scheduled to begin 8 a.m. Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.

“I’m very fired up to get this season started,” Kim said. “We want to start off running and build as much momentum as possible.”

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