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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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MVHS grad's documentary screening supports local nonprofit


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Mountain View High School graduate Jose Antonio Vargas revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine in 2011.

Vargas recently produced a film, “Documented,” chronicling his journey from the Philippines to the U.S. as a child, his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur and his journey inward as he reconnected with his mother, whom he hadn’t seen in 20 years. The documentary aims to underscore a broken immigration system that leads to broken families and broken lives.

Vargas began filming in April 2011, two months before publicly disclosing his undocumented status. Since coming out, he’s participated in more than 150 events in nearly 40 states. “Documented” includes footage of the time he crashed a Mitt Romney rally in Iowa before the caucuses.

A journalist for more a decade, Vargas has written for Rolling Stone, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. He has covered a wide range of issues, from technology’s and social media’s impact on politics to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation’s capital and the 2008 presidential campaign.

Vargas is partnering with MVLA Community Scholars to host a screening of “Documented” 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. MVLA Community Scholars, which supports local students via scholarships and mentors, helped Vargas fund his education.

Tickets are $27. A VIP package includes a pre-event reception with Vargas.

For tickets and more information, visit mvlacommunityscholars.org or purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=23838&event_val=LADO.

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