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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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Los Altos Parent Preschool celebrates 60 years


Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos Parent Preschool, a cooperative program founded in 1954, encourages parent participation in every aspect of its curriculum.

 

Los Altos Parent Preschool, a parent participation program under Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education, is scheduled to celebrate 60 years of educating children with a series of events this year, culminating in a communitywide gathering May 31.

A group of mothers who wanted a different approach to education, one that integrated parents into every aspect of the classroom and could meet the unique needs of families, founded the preschool in 1954.

“From increased enrollment to a new facility in 2011, it’s exciting to see the support of LAPP grow year after year,” said Lara Sandora, board president. “By involving the family, we are able to focus on the whole child, no matter where they are in their developmental phase.”

Parents who participate in the program assist a credentialed teacher approximately once a week and contribute to and share in running the school, from planning the curriculum to fundraising and maintenance.

“Co-op develops a common language between parents and children,” said parent Hera Hong-Lee. “LAPP is more than a preschool – it’s a community of special families.”

History

The founding parents aimed to form a cooperative preschool to serve the growing community. They wanted to share responsibility for administration, maintenance and the school’s program. They formed Los Altos Parent Preschool as a nonprofit corporation to furnish housing, equipment, supplies and a portion of teachers’ and directors’ salaries.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District agreed to supervise the program and share payment for staff salaries. As part of the district’s Adult Education Department, the preschool became the laboratory for a parent education class. Los Altos United Methodist Church granted the use of its facilities.

In 1998, the high school district leased land to the preschool at the west end of Los Altos High School. Through fundraising and community and member donations, the preschool purchased a portable classroom module and furnished the play yard.

In the summer of 2011, the membership and alumni of the preschool moved the program to its new home on the Covington School campus and began a partnership with the Los Altos School District.

Los Altos Parent Preschool remains part of the high school district’s Adult Education Program. California Adult Education standards and the cooperative preschool philosophy require the preschool’s parents to serve as members and staff assistants.

Upcoming events

Los Altos Parent Preschool encourages students and parents, past and present, to contribute memories of their time at the school. To share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

An open house for prospective families is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school, 201 Covington Road. Teachers and parents will be present to discuss the program and answer questions. No RSVP is required, and children are welcome. Los Altos Parent Preschool has a 1:3 ratio with three programs for ages ranging from 2.5 to 5. The school year runs from early fall to late spring.

For more information, visit lapp.coop or facebook.com/lappcoop.

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