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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.

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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Local girls rule SCVAL meet at Crystal Springs

Runners from Los Altos and Mountain View highs finished one-two in last week’s varsity girls race at the second SCVAL meet of the year.

Los Altos sophomore Lauren Jacob won the Sept. 24 race, finishing in 17 minutes, 52.9 seconds. Jacob completed the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs in under 18 minutes for the first time, according to coach Dan Oren, and her time ranks 129th all-time at Crystal Springs in Belmont.

Mountain View senior Melissa Reed secured second place by clocking 18:14.9.

Two more Spartans placed in the top 10: juniors Amy Lynch (19:26.1) and Carina Gwennap (19:27.9).

Mountain View “ran strong,” coach Craig Blockhus said, finishing second to Monta Vista in the team competition. Los Altos placed fourth.

The Los Altos boys took third – losing a tiebreaker to Los Gatos for the second spot – “which was a great effort, considering a few of the boys’ top runners were not competing,” Oren said.

Dane Tippett and Konrad Niemiec led Los Altos by placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Both seniors set personal records: Tippett ran a 16:37.7; Niemiec came in at 16:40.

The Eagles followed this with a fourth-place finish in Division II at Saturday’s Stanford Invitational. Ben Zaeske guided Los Altos with an 11th-place finish (personal-best 16:32) on the 5k course.

Jacob set a personal record on the course as well; her time of 18:39 was good enough for fourth place. The Los Altos girls finished 19th in Division II.

St. Francis freshman Julia Bounds won the race in a school-record 18:14.3. The Lancers placed ninth in Division II.

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