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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


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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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Locals take top prizes at pumpkin weigh-off

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Dozens of farmers and gardeners from California and across the West Coast harvested their heaviest and prettiest pumpkins for the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay Oct. 14.

Spectators gathered around a large stage where pumpkins were hoisted onto the official scale for weign-in. A grand prize of $25,000 was offered for any grower that delivered a world record breaking pumpkin. Although the record was not broken this year, Gary Miller of Napa, California won the top prize for the largest pumpkin at the competition with a weight of 1,985 pounds.

Los Altos resident Suzanne Kasso's pumpkin weighed in at 488-pounds at the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay Oct. 14. Although her pumpkin didn’t tip the scale as the largest one – the winning pumpkin weighed 1,985 pounds – her gourd snagged second place in the contest’s Most Beautiful Pumpkin category. Her husband, Chris Kasso, won third in the category with his 686-pounder.

Los Altos Hills resident Vince Zunino joined the Kassos on the pedestal with his 200-pound pumpkin, which won first place and $500 in the same category.

In a homecoming celebration Oct. 14 , students at Covington School had a chance to admire the Kassos’ pumpkins. Watch for the Town Crier’s Oct. 23 issue for a full story on the Kasso family’s pumpkin-growing prowess.

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Local residents participate in Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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