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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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Local symphony in crisis after funds vanish


Town Crier File Photo
Peninsula Symphony players perform across Los Altos at events like the city's free summer concert series.

The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony is facing the worst financial crisis of its 65-year history after board members recently discovered nearly all of the orchestra's endowment and operating funds are missing.

Executive Director Steve Carlton has resigned in the wake of the discovery.

Alan Bien, chairman of the Peninsula Symphony Board of Directors, said the symphony has contacted the Los Altos Police Department and retained pro bono legal counsel in efforts to recover the missing assets.

The symphony plans to engage an accounting firm to "investigate the financial losses and is implementing strengthened financial control mechanisms to protect future donations and contributions," according to a prepared statement issued today. The symphony declined to give an exact number for the missing funds, but has an annual budget of approximately half a million dollars, suggesting that hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing.

Bien said symphony musicians and board members have pitched in to pledge new contributions to fund nearly half of a season's scaled down operating budget. The pledges and donations will allow the symphony to complete its current concert season. The season begins Oct. 25 and 26 with Irish pianist John O'Conor and Masterworks Chorale.

"The symphony is appealing to all of its supporters and to the community at large for additional financial support to restore the organization to good financial health for many years to come," according to the symphony's statement.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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