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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.

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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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St. Francis High golfer Xu to play in First Tee Open


The First Tee of Silicon Valley is sending three golfers – including St. Francis High’s Nancy Xu – to compete in this weekend’s 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. The Champions Tour event, scheduled Friday through Sunday, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel.

Xu (from Sunnyvale), Michelle Xie (Palo Alto) and Bryan Yan (Fremont) join 78 participants from First Tee chapters for the event, in its 10th year. A national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability, comprehension of life skills, character and education selected Xu, Xie and Yan from nearly 150 applicants.

“I was extremely excited and stunned when I heard I was accepted into the First Tee Open,” said Xu, a senior. “It was a dream that I have had for six or seven years; at the instant I received the acceptance email, I almost couldn’t believe that I had fulfilled that dream. I love the First Tee of Silicon Valley. For me, it will always represent a lot of the happy times I had as a little kid, playing in The First Tee golf team, having fun in the Girls’ Golf tournaments, and going as a group to watch The First Tee Open.”

Xu has been playing tournament golf for approximately six years. She took her initial First Tee of Silicon Valley class seven years ago at age 9, and, like Xie, has completed four of the five levels. She also is active in the American Junior Golf Association, through which she has established a fundraiser that benefits The First Tee of Silicon Valley.

Xu – who enjoys playing the piano and drawing in her spare time – said the money she raises “will not only support the funding of First Tee of Silicon Valley, but also make an impact on other juniors as well.” She added that the proceeds “will help juniors that are talented young men and women who have a desire to better their life through playing junior golf and earning a college golf scholarship.”

Xu and the other participants will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and the final round is set for Sunday on Pebble Beach.

Executive Director George Maxe was excited by the news that The First Tee of Silicon Valley – one of 188 chapters around the country and in select international locations – is among only a handful of chapters with more than one representative.

“We’re thrilled to have Michelle, Nancy and Bryan playing in this year’s tournament,” he said. “All three are longtime participants of The First Tee of Silicon Valley and excellent representatives of our organization and all that it represents – core values, exceptional character, good etiquette and adherence to the rules of golf.”

For more information on the event, visit thefirstteeopen.com.

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