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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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Covington teacher honored as ‘Hero in the Classroom’


Courtesy of Erin Green
Covington School special-needs teacher Samantha Kephart, second from right, receives in-class recognition and a check for $1,000 as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom.”

Covington School special-needs instructor Samantha Kephart earned recognition as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” last week at a staff meeting.

“Sam Kephart makes a big difference in the lives of her students every day,” said Susie Warner, a parent of one of Kephart’s students. “Each student in her classroom is unique, with moderate to severe disabilities, and can be very challenging to work with. Sam does an amazing job keeping her classroom positive, treating all students equally and encouraging them to believe that there is nothing they cannot do.”

Warner and fellow parent Louanne Gonzalez nominated Kephart for the award.

“Sam does an excellent job making parents feel we are part of a team that is working together to help her students reach new heights and tackle challenges while having a great time,” Gonzalez said. “Sam stands out for her warm heart, patience and supportive personality. The smiles on her students’ faces speak volumes about the impact she has on their lives.”

Kephart is one of 16 K-12 teachers in the Bay Area selected for recognition in educational excellence by the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program during the 2013 NFL season.

The “Hero” teachers are celebrated in front of their students and peers at surprise in-school presentations and receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies. They also receive tickets to a San Francisco 49ers home game and are acknowledged during an on-field halftime presentation at Candlestick Park. Kephart was recognized at Sunday’s game when the 49ers played the Green Bay Packers.

Principals, district staff, students and parents may nominate teachers. The winners are selected based on their ability to make a difference in their students’ lives, go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities and help students build life skills.

For more information, visit SymetraHeroes.com/49ers.

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