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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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Singh tops elders at pair of FCWT golf tournaments


Forget her age – Simar Singh is proof that the only number that counts on the golf course is the score. The 13-year-old from Los Altos has already won two Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tournaments this season, despite being the youngest girl in the field.

In a span of only two months, Singh captured titles at FCWT junior tournaments at San Jose’s Coyote Creek Golf Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Links, beating golfers five and four years older, respectively.

“It’s good competition and fun to play with them,” she said of facing older players.

Singh’s most recent win occurred Jan. 12 at Half Moon Bay, where she won the girls 15-19 division. The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader shot a 155 over two rounds. She topped the leaderboard at the end of the first with a 76 and held on the second day to edge 17-year-old Clementina Rodriguez of South Carolina by two strokes.

“She was a really good player,” Singh said of Rodriguez, a junior being recruited by several colleges. “It was tough to battle with her, but it was really fun.”

In November, Singh defeated 18-year-old Sarah Archuleta of Oregon by three strokes to win the girls 15-18 division at Coyote Creek. Singh shot a two-round total of 152. She bagged five birdies, thanks in part to her proficient putting.

“I love putting,” said Singh, who considers it the strength of her game. “It’s probably my favorite part of golf. It’s really helped me a lot – especially at Half Moon Bay.”

Singh added that she sunk putts “that were crucial for me” against challenger Rodriguez, whom she described as “a great putter.”

But Singh said her best shot of the day was a drive on the par-3 13th hole (130 yards). Using her 8 iron, Singh stuck the ball 5 feet from the hole. She then made the birdie putt.

“That was a good momentum booster,” she said.

Singh doesn’t make such shots by accident – she practices six days a week at the Stanford University Golf Course. Not that Singh is complaining.

“Golf is different every day,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Singh took up golf at age 8 – dad Biri introduced her to the sport – and she’s been hooked ever since. Singh played her first tournament less than a year later and now competes in 30 to 40 events per year.

Next up: the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, an American Junior Golf Association tourney scheduled Feb. 14-16 in Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I’m super excited,” said Singh, who aspires to play collegiately at Stanford.

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