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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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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.

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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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Homestead beats Palo Alto again, inches ahead of Los Altos in league


Town Crier file photo
Junior right-side hitter Connor Bunka sparked Homestead in Thursday’s win over Palo Alto, totaling 10 kills.

The Homestead High girls volleyball team has struggled against Palo Alto in recent years, but that trend is changing.

The Mustangs Thursday beat the Vikings for the third consecutive time – a streak that began in last year’s playoffs – to sweep the season series. The 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 victory enabled Homestead to gallop to the top of the SCVAL De Anza Division standings.

“We executed a plan and won,” said coach Gary Carroll, who – like four of his players – lives in Los Altos.

The plan involved keeping Palo Alto “out of system,” according to Carroll, by spreading the ball around on offense. Homestead used “a plethora of hitters to keep them guessing,” the coach added, figuring the Vikings wouldn’t be able to defend every spot.

The plan didn’t work at first – visiting Palo Alto won the initial game by six points – but it proved effective the rest of the way.

“We kept Paly out of system in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll said. “I was proud of the way (Homestead) executed down the stretch; no fear, no tipping, no panic – just swings to win.”

The Mustangs’ hitting percentage (.350) for the match more than doubled that of the Vikings’ (.139).

Carroll noted that senior outside hitters Megan Robinson and Casey Carroll (the coach’s daughter) “did their damage from the pins” with 19 and 14 kills, respectively, “but the real spark came from Connor Bunka in games 2, 3 and 4.” The junior hit more than .700 from the right side in those games, finishing with 10 kills.

Another junior, defensive specialist Olivia Poulos, “gave us a real lift off the bench in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll added, citing the Los Altos resident’s high energy, back-row play and consistent serve.

The win boosted the Mustangs’ record to 13-7 overall and 6-1 in the De Anza Division, putting them just ahead of Los Altos (5-1) and Palo Alto (5-2).

The Mustangs are scheduled to host last-place Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Eagles roll on

Los Altos fell from first place without losing a match last week – the Eagles had a bye Thursday – but the team is just .024 percentage points behind Homestead, which it beat two weeks ago. The squads are set to play again 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos.

The Eagles are off to one of their better starts – 21-3 overall after winning a pair of matches last week. They swept rival Mountain View in De Anza Division play and King’s Academy in a non-league match.

Los Altos subdued the Spartans 25-15, 25-13, 25-23 Oct. 15 on the road. Michelle Albright led the Eagles with 12 kills and Carmen Annevelink had 11, while Hanna Koehler recorded 23 assists.

A day later, visiting Los Altos clobbered King’s 25-14, 25-10, 25-8. Annevelink notched nine kills and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh posted 23 assists.

Lancers paste Presentation

St. Francis stymied Presentation Oct. 16, beating the visitors 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 in West Catholic Athletic League action.

Alex Espinosa, who recently returned from injury, produced 12 kills for the Lancers (2-1 league, 19-10 overall).

Panthers split a pair

Pinewood went from sweeper to sweepee last week. Two days after putting the broom to San Jose, the Panthers were swept by Mercy-Burlingame.

Pinewood pasted host San Jose 25-20, 25-7, 25-13 in a nonleague match Oct. 15 behind 22 kills from Mehra den Braven.

Mercy-Burlingame then beat the Panthers 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 Thursday in West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division play, despite den Braven’s 21 kills.

Pinewood dropped to 3-4 in league and 10-9 overall.

Spartans’ struggles continue

Mountain View followed its loss to Los Altos by getting swept by Los Gatos Thursday. The Wildcats prevailed 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.

Elyse Fitzsimons paced the Spartans (1-6 league, 5-15 overall) with six kills and four blocks. Megan Robinson added four kills, three blocks and three aces.

Against Los Altos, Rosa Lutz led Mountain View with six kills.

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