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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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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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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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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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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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Repeat no easy feat for Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Katie Munro dribbles up court against visiting St. Francis last week. The sophomore starts at shooting guard.

Taking over a team that placed first in its division last season doesn’t make this season any easier, according to Los Altos High girls basketball coach Jaclyn Brode. It’s just the opposite.

“I think it’s tougher to defend the title than win the title,” she said, “but I still like our chances.”

The Eagles won’t have to contend with the team they shared the SCVAL El Camino Division championship with – rival Mountain View has been promoted to the De Anza Division – but there are other challenges.

Los Altos is learning a new system of offense (up-tempo) and defense (man-to-man) while adjusting to life without all-league guard Ideen Seyed, who graduated in June. Last season she totaled 325 points – 128 more than the Eagles’ second-highest scorer.

Replacing Seyed’s scoring will likely take a team effort. Not one of the Eagles’ six returnees averaged more than eight points per game and their top newcomer won’t be available until January.

“We’re missing that 3-point threat,” said Brode, whose team is off to a 2-3 start.

Meg Enthoven, who started as a freshman last year, will be counted on for scoring and rebounding. She grabbed double-digit rebounds in Los Altos’ first two games and scored a season-high 10 points in a loss to Willow Glen Dec. 3.

“She’s fearless around the rim,” Brode said of the 5-foot-8 Enthoven. “She worked on her guard skills over the summer and now feels stuck between a guard and a forward, and we’re asking her to do both. It’s a lot to ask, but the effort is there.”

Fellow sophomore Katie Munro – another returnee – “got a lot better over the summer,” according to Brode, who wants the guard to take more shots. Munro paced the Eagles with nine points in Thursday’s 46-15 rout of Prospect.

Los Altos has already benefited from the return of forward Meghan McDermott, who missed the first two games because she was part of a Los Altos volleyball team that reached the Northern California final. The 5-foot-9 senior scored a game-high 19 points in last week’s 54-33 setback to St. Francis.

“Meghan keeps improving and is one of our better players,” Brode said. “She knows how to get open in the low post.”

McDermott isn’t the only two-sport athlete on the squad. Junior Rebecca Andrews is on the soccer team, which has a similar season as basketball.

“Soccer is her top sport, so she makes it (to basketball) when she can,” Brode said. “She has excellent footwork and is a great defender.”

Andrews and senior Kelly Hamamoto handle the point-guard duties.

Brode hopes to gain more backcourt scoring when Allegra Maeso joins the team. Due to transfer rules, the sophomore won’t be eligible to play until Jan. 6 – the day before the league opener at Santa Clara.

Although Los Altos struggled against Maeso’s former school, St. Francis, Brode wasn’t completely discouraged by how her team played in the Dec. 10 home game.

“We lost to them by 54 last year,” said the coach, an Eagles assistant a season ago. “They are St. Francis. We just didn’t do things consistently enough to keep up with them. We gave up a lot of offensive boards – they were getting third, fourth and fifth shots – and you’re never going to win doing that.”

Los Altos is scheduled to visit Aptos 7 p.m. Saturday.

2013 girls basketball: St. Francis High School vs. Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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