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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.

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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Eagles hold on, beat pesky Falcons by six


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum dunks on Saratoga in Friday night’s league game. The host Eagles prevailed 55-49.

For much of Friday’s boys basketball game, it was hard to tell the first-place team from the squad sitting at the bottom of the league. But as good teams often do, Los Altos High made plays when it mattered most and held off Saratoga 55-49.

Trailing by two at intermission after an erratic first half, the host Eagles outscored the Falcons 30-22 the rest of the way by making shots and stops at crucial times.

Los Altos’ big three – Steven Garverick, Joey Malgesini and Daniel Rosenbaum – combined to score 23 points after halftime and proved instrumental in stifling Saratoga’s offense.

“They came up big,” coach Bob McFarlane said of his trio. “They’re competitors and they went after it.”

Garverick finished with a team-high 19 points, Malgesini scored 13 and Rosenbaum added 10 – including the highlight play of the night.

With the Eagles leading 44-42 with 6:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rosenbaum faked out his defender and exploded to the rim for a dunk that ignited the nervous home crowd.

This prompted a Saratoga timeout, and the respite seemed to renew Los Altos’ defensive energy. The Eagles held the Falcons scoreless the next three minutes – the visitors missed five shots and committed two turnovers – while Los Altos extended its advantage to 49-42 on Thomas Kelleher’s baseline jumper, set up by Rosenbaum’s drive and dish.

Saratoga wouldn’t go away, however. The Falcons closed the gap to one by scoring six straight points, the final three on Michael Cole’s 3-pointer with 1:16 left. The Eagles struggled all evening to defend the crafty 5-foot-10 guard, who totaled 27 points.

“He hurt us last time, too,” said McFarlane, referring to last month’s 65-54 win at Saratoga. “We were well aware of him. He’s just a good little player.”

Malgesini responded for Los Altos, getting fouled on a successful drive down the middle. His free throw put the Eagles up 52-48 with 57 seconds remaining.

Cole cut the lead to three by splitting a pair of free throws with 26 ticks to go, and that’s as close as the Falcons would get. Garverick converted two foul shots with 16 seconds left – putting Los Altos ahead 54-49 – and Rosenbaum made another free throw with four seconds to play.

The win helped the Eagles’ ease the pain of their first league loss – 55-51 at Palo Alto two days earlier – and fortify their first-place standing. Los Altos improved to 7-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 15-6 overall.

“That was a tough loss and the guys were a little deflated,” McFarlane said. “This was a good one to get out of our system.”

The Eagles are two games ahead of Milpitas and Paly with four to play. Saratoga sits in last place at 1-8 and is 6-14 overall.

Los Altos is slated to visit rival Mountain View 7 p.m. today.

2013 boys basketball: Los Altos High School vs. Saratoga High School -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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