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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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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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Mountain View High girls soccer team driven to make CCS playoffs once again


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High freshman Allie Coyne heads the ball in last week’s game against Santa Clara

Don’t be fooled by the lack of licensed drivers on the Mountain View High girls soccer team – the Spartans are still steering toward a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I think trying to make CCS is always the main goal for our program, so that doesn’t change,” said coach Ivan Bandov, whose young team is off to a 3-1 start.

Although Mountain View has an overwhelming number of underclassmen – 14 of the 19 players, nine of whom are sophomores – nearly half the team has varsity experience. Six of the eight returnees started on last season’s squad, which reached the playoffs after finishing second in the formidable SCVAL De Anza Division.

Midfielders Erica Higa and Danna Weintraub are tri-captains with another senior, defender Neha Cheemalavagu. Juniors Morgan Matthews and Morgan DeAngelis return to the starting lineup as well, along with fellow forward Ysabel Baluyot, a sophomore.

All but center back Cheemalavagu – whose main job is to prevent goals, not score them – produced points last season. They combined for 40 goals and 46 assists. Baluyot topped the team in goals (14), followed closely by Matthews (13). Higa’s 26 assists were more than three times as many as the next-best player in that category.

Matthews and Baluyot each scored a pair of goals in Mountain View’s 4-1 win over Santa Clara Dec. 10, while Higa notched two assists.

New starters include returnees Rachel Ng, a sophomore defender, and senior goalie Sophie Brotzel, who “has been solid,” Bandov said.

Three newcomers are also playing significant roles on the team.

“Freshman Allie Coyne has been terrific so far at left back and has played every minute so far,” Bandov said. “Freshman Grace Descourouez has seen a good amount of time at center mid as well. Sophomore Kasey Cruz has done a nice job for us as well.”

The Spartans may not be as deep as last season’s team (17-4-3 record; CCS semifinalist) or the previous year’s squad (17-2-3; CCS champion), but Bandov sees something special in these girls.

“We’ll have to overachieve to have similar seasons to the past, but one thing I really like about this team is we have amazing girls who work really hard,” he said. “(There are) no attitudes or egos that will get in the way of creating a great chemistry. That’s one thing that will help us have a successful season, I think.”

Mountain View – which lost 3-1 at Menlo Thursday despite outshooting the Knights 21-3 – is slated to face Hillsdale 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

2013 girls soccer: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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