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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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Pinewood alum McClannan Reardon embarks on solo singing career, releases Christmas album


Courtesy of Megan McClannan Reardon
Megan McClannan Reardon caught the performing bug while attending Pinewood School in Los Altos.

Life is good for Los Altos Hills native Megan McClannan Reardon. The singer/actress plans to release a Christmas album after a long recording hiatus, a project she completed while raising two young daughters and working as a musical director in her current home of Salt Lake City.

“Dreams of Christmas,” recently released on iTunes and Amazon.com, is a collection of familiar favorites and originals.

Being a solo act is new territory for Reardon, who has been a busy backup studio vocalist for the likes of Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. The former Disney entertainer signed a 10-year contract when she was 20, a contract that seemed like a good idea at the time. But because of a variety of factors, she wasn’t able to record until the contract expired. Now she’s with LML Music.

Reardon has performed all over the world, singing and dancing with national and international touring companies. She’s even appeared on the TV series “Charmed” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Reardon credits teacher Kathy Pickett at her alma mater Pinewood School with encouraging her aspirations. Pinewood requires all fourth-graders to take part in a performance. Once she hit the stage, there was no turning back.

She turned professional at 16 when she was cast in “42nd Street” at American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Later, she won a scholarship to Brigham Young University for excellence in musical theater. She has been a private voice teacher the past 20 years and a program director for a performing arts school.

Now, she embarks on a solo career that begins with a Christmas album.

“Maybe they’ll buy it as a Christmas gift,” said Reardon of her potential audience. “No one is (usually) buying CDs anymore.”

With support from pianist and friend Joseph Itaya, Reardon traveled to a recording studio in Los Angeles for one 18-hour session. The pair had booked the weekend but “got bumped by Cher,” she said. The finished project, however, was a year in the making.

Reardon hopes this will be the start of a successful solo career.

“My backup days are done,” she said.

One goal is to perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

“It’s just so fun,” she said. “It would be my chocolate ice cream on top of my cake.”

Reardon has scheduled a performance Dec. 14 at Menlo-Atherton Arts Center. Local crooner Pasquale Esposito also will perform.

For more information, visit meganmcclannan.com.

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