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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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Los Altos Follies fundraiser returns for 20th year

The 20th annual Los Altos Follies, “Fools, Fibs & Foibles,” is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical parody of modern life and politics features original lyrics to well-known tunes. Local residents write, produce and direct the show, a fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company.

“The 20th anniversary of the Follies is a great reminder that political satire doesn’t get old – the names change and the songs change, but the fools keep on coming,” said Follies creator Vicki Reeder, producer and director of the show.

Special guest hosts from the community will join master of ceremonies John Sylvester at each performance. Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw will share hosting duties with Sylvester Thursday, Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan will appear Friday and Mountain View City Councilman Mike Kasperzak is slated Saturday.

According to Reeder, the Follies will cover an array of topics, including the president, politics, gun control, recent Supreme Court decisions, National Security Agency surveillance, the TV show “Downton Abbey” and Internet addiction.

“This year we are offering humorous takes on the names in the news like Edward Snowden and Paula Deen, as well as politicians like Anthony Weiner – we call him the gift that just keeps on giving,” she said.

Tickets for Thursday’s preview are $60. Tickets for Friday’s opening-night show and Saturday’s gala performance are $100, which includes a reception with food, wine and a silent auction.

For tickets (tax deductible) and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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