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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.

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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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Two LA tennis players remain perfect, help Eagles edge Saratoga


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High tennis players Kacey Incerpi, above, and Carina Burdick are undefeated in singles this season.

Los Altos High girls tennis coach Hung Nguyen estimates his team’s chances of making the playoffs at “70 to 75 percent” after Thursday’s 4-3 win over first-place Saratoga.

Two Eagles who have won 100 percent of their matches – senior Kacey Incerpi and sophomore Carina Burdick – played critical roles in Thursday’s regular-season finale.

Soon after Incerpi prevailed at No. 2 singles, No. 3 player Burdick “took us over the top,” Nguyen said. She clinched the home match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

“The undefeated girls came through for us,” said Nguyen, whose team locked up third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with an 8-4 record and improved to 12-7 overall. “They’ve had incredible years.”

While the coach expected a stellar season from Incerpi – who played No. 1 singles last year – he didn’t expect Burdick to “be so dominant as a sophomore.”

Nguyen added that the entire singles ladder has excelled. Sophomore Juliette Martin has held her own at the top spot with an 11-5 record and No. 4 player Whitney Mathews, a junior, is 16-2.

Then there’s the No. 1 doubles team – seniors Haley Jones and Elizabeth Fuchs – who “have played really well,” the coach said.

Nguyen and his players must wait until Saturday’s Central Coast Section seeding meeting to find out if they’ve made the playoffs, scheduled to start next week.

“You never know, but I’m hopeful,” he said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

Volleyball

Los Altos bounced back from a five-game loss to Homestead early in the week by sweeping Palo Alto Thursday to remain in contention for the SCVAL De Anza Division title.

The Eagles went to 8-2 in league, putting them behind only the Mustangs (10-1) and just ahead of the Vikings (7-3) in the standings. Los Altos entered this last week of the regular season scheduled to face teams at the bottom of the league: rival Mountain View at home Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) and Monta Vista on the road 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Carmen Annevelink notched 22 kills for the Eagles (22-5 overall) in the win at Paly and Hanna Koehler recorded 20 assists.

Los Altos played in the Spikefest II tournament Saturday and lost to Homestead in the semifinals. The Mustangs won the Gold Division with a 6-0 record, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral in the final at Independence.

Mountain View won the tourney’s Blue Division to place 13th.

Behind Alex Espinosa’s eight kills, St. Francis (22-11 overall) edged Harker in five games Friday in non-league play.

Boys water polo

Behind a big day from Matt Dunn, Mountain View capped the regular season with an 18-13 win over Lynbrook Thursday. The junior scored six goals, made three steals and drew two ejections.

Rey Castillo added five goals for the Spartans (8-4 De Anza Division, 11-10 overall).

Charlie Niehaus posted 13 saves for Mountain View, up 7-2 lead after one quarter. He made 10 saves and four steals in an 8-7 loss to Gunn two days earlier.

Castillo, Randy Kenyon and Alex Paulsen each scored twice.

Girls water polo

Los Altos edged Palo Alto 6-5 Thursday to conclude the regular season.

Casey Vanneman scored three goals and goalie Romy Aboudarham collected 18 saves for the Eagles (7-5 De Anza Division).

Earlier in the week, Los Altos routed Lynbrook 14-7 behind three goals each from Vanneman and Kimberlyn Tilley.

Mountain View’s Senior Night belonged to the seniors, six of whom scored goals in a 15-4 blowout of Monta Vista Thursday.

Samantha Hartman “dominated both ends of the pool,” coach Drew Enlow said, tallying six goals, five assists and five steals. Fellow seniors Sophie Brotzel and Audrey Gerughty had two goals each for the Spartans (11-1 SCVAL El Camino Division, 16-6 overall).

After a 21-0 start to the season, St. Francis suffered back-to-back defeats Saturday in the NorCal Water Polo Championships. The Lancers fell 9-4 to Campolindo in the semifinals of the tournament, then lost 6-5 to Sacred Heart Prep in the third-place game.

Field hockey

Los Altos earned its first win of the year on Senior Day, 1-0 over Homestead Thursday.

Nicole Atkins scored for the Eagles (1-8-2 SCVAL, 1-10-3 overall).

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