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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.

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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 earns All-America honors in two sports


Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson ranks among the best distance runners and soccer players in the nation.

Sarah Robinson is not only a standout soccer player and distance runner – the Los Altos Hills resident may also be a trailblazer for earning national honors in both sports this month.

“She’s likely the only person in the country, I feel pretty confident, to be an All-American in cross country – based on her finish at NXN (the Nike Cross Nationals) – and soccer at the same time,” said PattiSue Plumer, Robinson’s cross-country and track coach at Gunn High. “It’s rather amazing.”

Within days of finishing 11th at the national meet in Portland, Ore., the senior was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Youth Girls All-America Team for the second year in a row. Robinson verbally committed to Stanford University for soccer when she was a sophomore and has played midfield on the under-17 women’s national team.

While she still ranks soccer as her No. 1 sport, running isn’t far behind.

“I do like them both,” Robinson said, “and I think they complement each other well because I get the speed work from soccer and the endurance training from running.”

The humble and hardworking 17-year-old wasn’t able to run for Gunn last fall due to her soccer commitments, but the year away didn’t slow her down this season. Robinson only got faster.

She won the Central Coast Section Division I race in 16 minutes, 59 seconds – the sixth-fastest time ever recorded by a girl on the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs. Robinson then placed fourth in the Division I race at state, running a 17:16 on the 3.1-mile course at Fresno’s Woodward Park. Only one girl from the CCS has run faster at the meet.

Robinson’s effort earned her an invitation to the Dec. 7 national meet at the Portland Meadows Race Track, where she ran the 5-kilometer course in 17:51.8.

“The Nike national meet was a great experience. I didn’t really have any goals or expectations going into the meet other than to just have fun with it,” Robinson said. “I finished 11th, making the All-American team, which was really exciting. The field was so strong, so I was pleased with making the All-American team.”

Robinson isn’t playing soccer for Gunn this winter, but she does intend to represent the school in track next spring. That’s good news for the Titans’ track coach.

“She’s one of a kind,” Plumer said. “I feel reasonably certain I may never be privileged to coach someone like her ever again.”

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