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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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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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Scouting News


Courtesy of Tara Larson
New Eagle Scouts are, from left, Austin Menden, Chandler Nelson, Connor Menden, Nathan Larson and Matthew Hulse.

Troop 22 scouts attain Eagle rank

Five members of the Pacific Skyline Council, Stanford District Troop 22, have attained the rank of Eagle Scout. They received their awards Sunday at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

The new Eagle Scouts are:

• Matthew Hulse, 15, a sophomore at Mountain View High School. For his Eagle project, Matthew built a large redwood bark tepee at the Ohlone Indian Village at Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio Open Preserve. The tepee has a 10-foot diameter base and is 12 feet high. The project cost $2,000 and was funded by Big Creek Lumber, Friends of Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio and private donors.

• Connor Robert Menden, 18, a senior at Mountain View High. For his Eagle project, Menden built a sports equipment storage shed for Blach Intermediate School. Private donations funded the project.

• Craig Austin Menden, 15, a sophomore at Mountain View High. Craig built an electronics equipment storage shed for Blach Intermediate School.The PTA funded the project.

• Chandler Nelson, 18, a senior at Pinewood School. Nelson worked with Operation: Care and Comfort, a nonprofit organization that supports up to 200 military units on a monthly basis. With private donations and a group of volunteers, Nelson assembled care packages to send to U.S. military service members serving in Afghanistan.

• Nathan Larson, 15, a sophomore at Los Altos High. Nathan completed his Eagle project in Cincinnati last spring, before his family relocated to Los Altos. With assistance from his Boy Scout troop and family members, he extended and made improvements to a hiking trail along the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio.

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