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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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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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Robinson, Jacob win races at CCS


Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Gunn’s Sarah Robinson of Los Altos Hills ran a 16:59 at CCS.

Despite having the wind in her face and no competitor within earshot down the stretch, Sarah Robinson of Los Altos Hills ran one of the fastest times ever recorded by a girl on the Crystal Springs course at Saturday’s Central Coast Section cross-country championships.

The Gunn High senior finished in 16 minutes, 59 seconds to become the sixth girl to run a sub-17 time on the 2.95-mile course.

“I was close to running under 17 at the league meet (17:04) and that was my goal going into CCS,” Robinson said. “There’s so much history on that course, and I really wanted to push through and do it.”

Robinson – who won the Division I race by 38 seconds – took the lead as soon as the starting gun went off and never relinquished it. Well ahead at the one-mile marker, Robinson said she didn’t hear anyone behind her as she approached the finish line. She did, however, face resistance.

“After the second mile, it’s all uphill and that’s the toughest part – especially (Saturday) because it was really windy on the back stretch,” Robinson said.

She kept pushing, however, urged on by onlookers who informed her that she was on pace to break 17 minutes.

Now Robinson said she wants to beat her best time at Fresno’s Woodward Park, site of the state meet scheduled Nov. 30. She ran a 17:56 there as a sophomore.

Robinson and her Gunn team, which finished second at CCS, will have a lot of local company at state. The Los Altos boys and girls teams have advanced after each placed third in CCS Division II.

Los Altos sophomore Lauren Jacob won her race with a 17:20, eclipsing her previous best on the course by 30 seconds.

“I was very happy with how my race played out,” she said. “I really took advantage of my strength on the hills. … Once we hit the first big hill, I remained in the lead for the rest of the race.”

Ben Zaeske paced the Los Altos boys, finishing fifth with a 15:37.

The St. Francis boys won Division II, despite not having a runner finish among the top five. The St. Francis girls claimed their division as well, led by freshman Julia Bounds (second place, 17:52).

The Mountain View girls placed fourth in Division I, paced by Melissa Reed (third, 18:02).

Boys water polo

Mountain View beat St. Francis in the regular season, but the Lancers avenged that loss Saturday in the CCS Division I quarterfinals. The second-seeded Lancers defeated the No. 7 Spartans 14-9.

“I was very pleased that we earned a solid victory over a well-coached Mountain View team,” St. Francis coach Terry O’Donnell said.

Shawn Welch scored six goals for the Lancers (12-16) and goalie Benoit Viollier notched 12 saves.

St. Francis was set to face Menlo-Atherton in the semifinals Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s deadline.

In another Division I quarterfinal, No. 9 Los Altos (11-17) lost 14-6 to top seed Bellarmine Saturday.

Girls water polo

St. Francis appears well on its way to defending the CCS Division I crown it won a year ago.

The top-seeded Lancers routed No. 9 Carlmont 17-1 Saturday in the quarterfinals. Courtney Batcheller scored nearly half of the Lancers’ goals.

“Our girls came out very strong from the start of the game,” said St. Francis assistant coach Erin Inkster, whose team improved to 24-2. “The girls did a great job of working our counterattack and taking advantage of the speed that many of our girls, but namely senior Courtney Batcheller, possess.”

The Lancers are slated to play at No. 4 Menlo Atherton (17-8) 7:30 p.m. today in the semifinals.

Los Altos’ 6-5 overtime loss to Carlmont in the first round of the CCS Division I playoffs could be filed under: The One That Got Away. The eighth-seeded Eagles jumped to a 4-1 lead, only to see the Scots rally to tie it up at 5 with a goal in the final seconds of regulation.

Los Altos (12-17) never led again. Carlmont quickly scored the first two goals in overtime and held on for the win Nov. 12.

“We scored and got it within one,” Eagles coach Seth Tasman said, “but could not capitalize on our last opportunity.”

Casey Vanneman and Kimberlyn Tilley totaled two goals each to lead Los Altos. Senior Vanneman totaled 43 goals this season, tops on the team.

Goalie Romy Aboudarham notched 17 saves for a career-high 401 this season. The junior is among 10 underclassmen on the squad.

“We have a ton of young girls and will train very hard this offseason to prepare for next year when we look to push for a deeper run in CCS,” Tasman said.

Mountain View’s season came to an end the same day. Seventh seed Pioneer beat the No. 10 Spartans 8-6 in the CCS Division I opener at Mountain View.

Pioneer scored the final two goals of the game.

Samantha Hartman paced the Spartans (17-8) with two goals and Paige Taylor notched 19 saves.

Field hockey

St. Francis advanced to the CCS semifinals by pasting Presentation 4-1 Saturday at Leland.

Natalie Escobar led the Lancers (18-1-1) with two goals and Bridget Denzel tallied two assists.

No. 3 St. Francis is scheduled to meet No. 2 Los Gatos 4:30 p.m. today at Leland in the semis.

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