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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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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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Local jump-ropers head to Macy's parade


John Friend/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High School sophomore Kelsey Moran, second from right, and a group of jump-ropers are scheduled to perform in Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Seven local girls are part of a squad of 200 that will jump rope in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City Thursday.

The girls, selected from a field of more than 600 jump-ropers across the nation who applied to be part of the team, are members of the Sol Jumpers, a competitive jump-rope team based in Santa Clara, coached by Michelle Fongson, a world champion and former member of the team.

The girls, including Kelsey Moran, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, have been practicing for their performance on the tracks of local high schools for up to seven hours every week since being selected last summer to join the routine. Members of The Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Medina, Ohio, choreographed the routine and distributed it to the local jumpers via YouTube.

A number represents each member of the squad’s location in the formation at different times during the performance. Coordinating the routine is difficult until the girls arrive in New York. They must be able not only to perform the routine flawlessly and in synchronization with one another, but also perform it continuously for the entire 3.5-mile parade route while moving forward.

“I’ve always wanted to go to New York,” said Moran, who started jump-roping when she was 10 years old and has participated in three national competitions. “I’ll get to meet a lot of jump-ropers from across the country.”

In addition to learning new routines for the parade, the girls have been selling chocolate and hosting fundraising activities to generate the estimated $2,500 per person needed to underwrite expenses for the trip.

The parade is scheduled to air 9 a.m. Thursday. Check local TV listings for details.

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