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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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LA's Kawaguchi, St. Francis team make regional golf tournament


Los Altos High senior Kelsey Kawaguchi said her round at last week’s Central Coast Section Girls Golf Championships “had a lot of ups and downs.” Fortunately for her, it ended on an upswing.

Kawaguchi capped her round at Rancho Cañada Golf Club by escaping a bunker to save par on the 18th hole, clinching the fourth and final individual spot in this week’s Northern California championships.

Although Kawaguchi notched five birdies Oct. 29 in Carmel, she ranked the par-5 18th as her best hole of the day.

“From (the bunker), I stuck it to about a foot and half from the pin and putted it in for par,” she said. “Without that up and down, I could have been in a playoff for the fourth spot (to qualify for NorCal) as an individual.”

Although Kawaguchi’s total score, a 1-over-par 73, was the sixth-best of the day, she advanced to NorCal because two of the players who finished ahead of her are members of teams that qualified for the regional. Rules state that the top four individuals not part of a team move on.

St. Francis is among the three teams that qualified for NorCal, scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club in Ripon. The Lancers shot 395 to finish second to Palo Alto (391) at CCS.

Senior Nancy Xu paced St. Francis, shooting a 1-under-par 71 to tie Valley Christian’s Cristina Glebova for third.

“I had a really good day,” Xu said. “I did have a double bogey on 12, but I had three birdies toward the end of my round to get a good score.”

The birdies came on 13, 15 and 16, with Xu hitting what she ranked as her best shot of the day on the middle hole. The 160-yard shot landed 2 feet from the pin.

Teammate Valerie Wang finished in a four-way tie for seventh (74), while Jacqueline Sun tied three others for 31st (82) and fellow Lancers Caitlin Crosby and Bibilani Liu were among six golfers to tie for 36th (84).

The top three teams and top nine individuals at NorCal advance to the state championships, slated Nov. 20 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“We definitely have a good shot,” Xu said. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

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