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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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Sports on the Side

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Pumpkin Patch – benefiting the school’s athletic program – is slated 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends, starting Saturday and running through Oct. 31 in the student parking lot. Pumpkins of several shapes and sizes will be sold. The pumpkin patch is bigger this year, featuring a spooky tunnel walk, a haunted graveyard and snacks.

Take a hike

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s free Scenic Aerobic Hike is slated 10 a.m. to noon today at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. MROSD docents Stella Yang and Stephen Buckhout are slated to lead the moderately paced hike, spanning 4-6 miles. For more information, call 691-1200 or visit open-space.org.

Tennis program help

The Mountain View Police Activities League and the Mountain View Recreation Division seek high school volunteers for their NetGain Tennis Program for at-risk middle-school students. The program is scheduled 3-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Oct. 28 through Dec. 11 at Rengstorff Park and Crittenden Middle School. Tennis experience is not necessary, but volunteers must undergo a background check and provide proof of a recent TB test. For more information, email Sam Mozer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Polo for a cause

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s Polo for Lyme Benefit is slated noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. The event features polo, champagne, a luncheon, auctions, wines and music. Polo players include Peter Milner of Los Altos and Jeff Graham of Los Altos Hills. Tickets start at $75; proceeds support the foundation’s research and programs. For tickets and more information, visit bayarealyme.org.

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