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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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Peninsula Symphony Orchestra names new interim director


Temkin

The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra last week named Andrea Temkin its interim executive director.

The board of directors of the Los Altos-based nonprofit orchestra appointed Temkin – described as a veteran nonprofit CEO and music education professional – in the midst of a severe financial crisis for the 65-year-old organization. In October, symphony board members learned that most of the group’s endowment and operating funds were missing, leading to the resignation of Executive Director Steve Carlton and a police investigation into the matter.

“We are extremely happy that we have been able to engage a well-known, seasoned arts management professional to guide the symphony’s continued recovery,” said Alan Bien, board chairman. “We have every intention of completing this concert season as planned.”

Temkin has 25 years of experience working with music and arts organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, Nova Vista Symphony and Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company. Her organizational management background includes program and strategic planning and implementation, program evaluation and fund development. Temkin has worked with a variety of entities during her career, including teaching musicians, artists, educators and educational institutions such as public school districts and alternative schools.

Prior to her role with the symphony, Temkin served as executive director for eight years at Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts. She has been the principal of AST Consulting Group since 2002, and most recently served as the Visual and Performing Arts program manager for the Alameda County Office of Education.

“The Peninsula Symphony is an accomplished area institution, performing music to the highest standards in locally accessible venues at affordable cost,” Temkin said. “Its Bridges to Music Program reaches schoolchildren throughout the Peninsula. I’m honored to be trusted with the task of helping the organization return to firm financial and administrative footing.”

Ongoing investigation

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea told the Town Crier last week that the police investigation into the organization’s missing funds is ongoing. The symphony board announced that orchestra supporters and members have raised more than half of the 2013-2014 budget to continue its programming. The symphony’s concert season opened in late October.

“It’s really amazing and impressive,” Temkin said of the fundraising effort to keep the organization afloat. “My understanding is they raised most of that (money) in about five days.”

Temkin said the organization will continue to actively fundraise to overcome its sudden financial troubles so that it can continue to offer free concerts to the public – including more than 50 annually for children in schools in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and other Bay Area cities that lack music programs.

“We don’t want to let those things go,” she said, adding that funding is also being sought for its Bridges to Music educational program. “It’s important for us to continue to serve the community.”

For more information, visit peninsulasymphony.org.

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