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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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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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Los Altos boys beat Paly in league basketball game


R. ALan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Danny Rosenbaum puts up a shot after driving into the lane against Paly.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team has looked worthy of that promotion to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Elevated after an undefeated season in the El Camino Division, the Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in the De Anza Division. Los Altos followed a 20-point win at Milpitas with a 68-60 victory over visiting Palo Alto last week.

“It was a solid win over a very good team,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose Eagles improved to 10-5 overall.

Los Altos jumped to a 19-11 lead after one quarter, but the Vikings rallied to lead by two at halftime and by three entering the final quarter of the Jan. 15 game.

That’s when the Eagles made their move. Los Altos outscored Paly 24-13 in the fourth.

“Fortunately, we had the last of the runs and time ran out with us up and (we got) the win,” McFarlane said.

Danny Rosenbaum spurred the rally, scoring nine of his 18 points – including a deep 3 – in the period. The junior “had an explosive run to finish the game,” McFarlane said, “and his solid decision-making and assertive play was the difference for us offensively.”

Steven Garverick totaled 20 points to pace the Eagles; Lambie Lanman added 13 and Joe Malgesini scored 11, including what McFarlane called “a clutch 3-pointer.”

Flourishing in the fourth quarter, Mountain View beat Los Gatos 40-30 Jan. 15. The Spartans outscored the Wildcats 13-3 in the period for their first De Anza Division win of the year.

John McAlister poured in 19 points – which included four 3-pointers – to lead visiting Mountain View (1-1 division, 5-9 overall).

Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League standings by defeating King’s Academy 60-49 Jan 14.

Kyle Murphy and Ryan Brice tallied 14 points each for the Panthers (3-0 league, 11-2 overall).

“The team played really well,” Pinewood coach Mani Messy said.

After facing little resistance prior to league – winning its 10 games by an average of 25 points – St. Francis has encountered plenty of it in the West Catholic Athletic League. The Lancers fell to 0-3 with last week’s 53-51 home loss to Valley Christian.

St. Francis entered the fourth quarter with a three-point advantage Jan. 14, but the Warriors outscored them 18-13 the rest of the way.

Noah Stapes led the Lancers with 16 points.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to nine games with last week’s 36-29 decision at Fremont. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the El Camino Division and 10-3 overall.

Meghan McDermott scored 11 points and Meg Enthoven added 10 for Los Altos, which created separation from the Firebirds with a 10-4 third-quarter run.

Girls soccer

Host Pinewood came from behind to top Woodside Priory 2-1 Thursday in a WBAL Foothill Division game.

After surrendering a goal off a corner kick, the Panthers tied the match off a corner of their own in the 33rd minute. Nicole Colonna’s kick soared to Etelle Stephan, who headed the ball to Courtney Copriviza and she booted it into the goal. Stephan scored the game-winner in the 75th minute off a free kick, heading the ball into the net.

“The girls played their hearts out,” said Michael Tetzlaff, whose Pinewood squad improved to 2-3 in the WBAL and 2-10 overall, “and as a coach you thrive on those kinds of games where either team could have won, but your team pulls it out with five minutes to go.”

Tied at 1 at halftime, St. Francis scored two second-half goals to beat Presentation 3-1 Jan. 14.

Sophia Villalta, Xochitl Hunter and Delaney Baie Pridham scored for the visiting Lancers, who improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 8-3 overall.

Wrestling

Los Altos fell 45-34 at Cupertino Thursday in El Camino Division action. The undermanned Eagles (1-1 league) had to forfeit four weight classes.

Five of Los Altos’ six wins came via pin: Joseph Donnelly at 106 pounds, Zachary Cano at 132, Carter Lee at 138, James Sobrino at 145 and Javier Contreras at 160. Sean Lanoza (152 pounds) produced the Eagles’ other win, an 11-2 decision.

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