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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.

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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

FIT events Saturday

Focused Individual Training of Los Altos has scheduled three free fundraising events Saturday. The day begins with Fight Gone Bad, 30-minute workouts led by FIT trainers set to start at 8 a.m. A 5k run/walk is slated 9 a.m., as is the Halloween fun run for children 6 and under. Both runs begin in the parking lot at FIT, 600 Fremont Ave. Costumes are encouraged for the fun run. Donations will go to the U.S. Pain Foundation, Buddies In ACTION and Building Strength. For more information, email Rick@focusedtrainers.

Take a hike

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has scheduled its Autumn in the Foothills hike 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Discover the diversity of the Santa Clara Valley foothills on the 10-mile, 1,600-foot-gain hike through the preserve’s habitats. MROSD docents Fran Keeler and Ranjana Sharma will guide participants through a variety of plant communities, from the canyons to the hilltops, including panoramic views from San Francisco to south San Jose. Arrive early to find parking. For more information, visit openspace.org.

Free volleyball clinics

The Aloha Volleyball Club, directed by Los Altos High girls volleyball coach Peter Kim, has scheduled free clinics Sunday at Wilcox High, 3250 Monroe St., Santa Clara. The volleyball clinics are for girls in middle school (3:30-5 p.m.) and high school (5:30-7:30 p.m.). For more information, visit alohavbc.com.

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 through Halloween in the student parking lot. A variety of pumpkins are available for purchase. The pumpkin patch is bigger this year, featuring a spooky tunnel walk, a haunted graveyard and snacks.

Call for tennis volunteers

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 set to run 3-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting next week at Rengstorff Park and Crittenden Middle School. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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