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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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Four local teams qualify for CCS in girls volleyball

The Central Coast Section girls volleyball playoffs are scheduled to open today, and four teams from the area will advance to the quarterfinals without breaking a sweat.

Los Altos, St. Francis and Homestead highs are seeded high enough to earn first-round byes, while Pinewood School is in a playoff division with only eight teams. The Eagles, Lancers, Mustangs and Panthers are scheduled to host quarterfinal matches 7 p.m. Saturday.

Los Altos drew the No. 2 seed in Division II after posting a 30-5 record and placing second to Homestead in the challenging SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles await the winner of tonight’s match between No. 7 Los Gatos (20-12) and No. 10 St. Ignatius (18-15).

St. Francis is the third seed in Division II, finishing 23-12 after last week’s loss to Valley Christian in the West Catholic Athletic League semifinals. The Lancers face No. 6 Woodside (21-11) or No. 11 Branham (15-14) Saturday.

Homestead, which won the De Anza Division title outright for the first time in school history, is the No. 2 seed in Division I.

Coach Gary Carroll, whose team has four Los Altos residents, believes his Mustangs (23-7) are focused on claiming the CCS crown.

“Our goal is to win it this year,” he said. “We are mentally stronger than last year, and we (aren’t fazed) by anything – not runs by our competitors, not questionable calls, not what people think, not extraneous stuff in our lives.”

Homestead hosts No. 7 Gunn (14-14) or No. 10 Oak Grove (18-11) in the quarterfinals.

Pinewood (13-11) is the third seed in Division V following a fifth-place finish in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division. The Panthers entertain No. 6 Trinity Christian (14-7) Saturday.

Quarterfinal winners move on to the semifinals Nov. 20.

Mountain View is the lone local team not headed for the playoffs. The Spartans finished 1-11 in the De Anza Division and 8-22 overall after league losses to Gunn and rival Los Altos last week.

Cross country

The Los Altos boys captured the SCVAL El Camino Division championship meet for the fourth straight year – and it wasn’t even close. Fifty-eight points separated the Eagles from runner-up Wilcox Nov. 5 at Crystal Springs.

Los Altos placed six runners in the top 10, each of them setting personal records on the 2.95-mile course: Ben Zaeske (second, 15:40), Andreas Godderis (third, 16:12.7), Dane Tippett (sixth, 16:18.8), Kevin Anawalt (seventh, 16:23.6), Konrad Niemiec (eighth, 16:24.3) and Kevin Glass (ninth, 16:26.6). The Eagles came three seconds shy of the team record for Crystal Springs, according to coach Dan Oren.

The Los Altos girls finished fourth, led by Lauren Jacob (second, 17:48.9) and Katie Klein (ninth, 19:58.7). Gunn, behind champion Sarah Robinson (17:04) of Los Altos Hills, placed first and Mountain View took second. Melissa Reed paced the Spartans (third, 18:53.3), followed by Amy Lynch (sixth, 19:07.7) and Carina Gwennap (seventh, 19:21.1).

All these teams have qualified for the CCS championships, slated Saturday at Crystal Springs.

The St. Francis girls and boys will join them after finishing first and second in their respective divisions at the WCAL III meet Nov. 6 at Crystal Springs.

Julia Bounds won the girls race in 18:14, the fastest freshman time in St. Francis history, according to coach Roberta Chisam. Gia Kim was third (personal-best 19:07).

Seniors Gabriel McLarnan (16:02) and Gaurav Begur (16:07) led the Lancer boys by placing seventh and ninth, respectively.

Boys water polo

Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis have made the CCS Division I playoffs and begin play this week.

No. 9 Los Altos (10-16) was slated to face No. 8 Leland (17-7) Tuesday night at Mountain View, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The seventh-seeded Spartans (12-10) were scheduled to play right before them against No. 10 Salinas (19-7).

Mountain View is coming off an 11-9 loss to rival Los Altos Saturday in the third-place game at the SCVAL De Anza Division Tournament.

If the Spartans bounce back to beat Salinas in their CCS opener, they would take on idle No. 2 St. Francis (11-16) Saturday in the quarterfinals at a time and place to be announced.

If Los Altos defeats Leland, it would meet top seed Bellarmine (16-10) Saturday.

Girls water polo

WCAL champion St. Francis (23-2) is the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs, earning a first-round bye. The Lancers Saturday are slated to face the winner of today’s 7 p.m. game between No. 8 Los Altos (11-16) and No. 9 Carlmont (12-8) at Palo Alto.

No. 10 Mountain View (17-7) – the SCVAL El Camino Division champ – is set to host No. 7 Pioneer (20-6) 7 p.m. today. The winner takes on No. 3 Los Gatos (24-3) Saturday.

Girls tennis

Los Altos and St. Francis are set to host CCS second-round matches 2 p.m. today.

The No. 4 Eagles (15-5) will face Leland (15-5) or Castilleja (12-5). The No. 6 Lancers (13-5) meet Carmel (18-3) or Aragon (11-8) at Cuesta Park.

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