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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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New Year's Day 5K Fun Run draws crowd downtown


NOEL/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER On your mark, get set, go: Approximately 1,200 participated in the New Year’s Day Fun Run. The top finishers include, from left, Tori Lucca and Sarah Robinson.

With early-morning temperatures in the low 40s, the sponsors setting up food and beverages for the New Year’s Day Fun Run were the only people milling about Community Plaza in downtown Los Altos at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

At 8:50 a.m., however, participants arrived in droves to begin stretching for the 12th annual run. When the run began at 9 a.m., an estimated 1,200 runners, walkers and strollers embarked on the 5K course, starting at Main and State streets and circling the downtown triangle three times.

The Fun Run is open to all ages and dogs on leash, prompting Tamara Oskoui, recreation coordinator for the Los Altos Recreation Department, to direct participants before the starting gun: “Faster runners keep to the left, and runners with dogs keep those extended leashes in.”

Sarah Robinson of Los Altos Hills, a senior at Gunn High School, crossed the finish line first with a time at 17 minutes, 44 seconds, closely followed by Tori Lucca of Mountain View. Mike Galler of Los Altos finished third and Dave Richards of Sunnyvale came in fourth.

Robinson, an All-American cross-country runner and soccer player, has secured a scholarship to Stanford University to play the latter.

The Braun family of Katonah, N.Y., traveled the farthest to participate.

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