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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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Eagles lose element of surprise


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Julia Goupil, front, battles a Monta Vista player for the ball. Host Los Altos prevailed 6-0.

Returning 16 players and nearly every starter from last year’s talented team, the Los Altos High girls soccer squad doesn’t lack for much this season. The Eagles’ biggest loss may have been the element of surprise.

After winning the 2013 Central Coast Section Division II championship with a stunning playoff run that included upsets of Mitty and St. Francis, the Eagles are a marked team.

“It’s going to be a much more difficult road to CCS this year,” said midfielder Allie Crum, who scored game-winning goals against Mitty in the semifinals and St. Francis in the final. “Since we are no longer under the radar, teams expect much more, and therefore want to take us down.”

That may help explain Los Altos’ so-so start. The team entered league with a 2-2-1 record. After tying Palo Alto to open SCVAL De Anza Division play, the Eagles blew out Monta Vista last week.

“I don’t know if it was the best game yet,” Crum said of the 6-0 home win, “but we definitely played well and developed our chemistry.”

Los Altos used a balanced attack to whip the winless Matadors (0-7-1), getting goals and/or assists from five players Jan 15. Sophomore Tess Wendelken and freshman Emily Pye scored two goals each for the Eagles, while junior Rebecca Andrews and senior Julia Goupil had one apiece. Pye and Crum both notched two assists; Andrews and freshman Stephanie Campos earned an assist each.

Pye has a team-high 13 points this season; Andrews is next with nine and Crum’s six ranks third.

The defense dominated Monta Vista as well, posting its second shutout of the season. Junior Elena Strawn and sophomore Carrie Wendelken (Tess’ twin) split time in goal, combining for three saves. Carrie Wendelken, who starred in the playoffs, has 22 saves this year.

“We are still concentrating on our overall team defense that was so important to our success last year,” Crum said, “but we are also focusing on our attack and making opportunities in the final third of the field.”

Los Altos finished third in league a year ago, just behind Los Gatos and Mountain View. The Eagles are scheduled to host the rival Spartans 3:30 p.m. today.

“Like the last few years, Los Gatos and Mountain View will be tough competitors,” Crum said, “Palo Alto is also back in our league, and they are a very talented team. But as we learned firsthand last year, it’s really anyone’s game.”

While repeating as CCS champs is the ultimate goal, Crum stressed the importance of performing well in league to achieve that objective.

“We need to keep reminding ourselves that it’s possible to go far in CCS, but we also can’t go into any game with the mindset that we are automatically going to win,” she said. “It’s a long journey to CCS, so we’re taking it one game at a time.”

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