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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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"Pear Slices 2011" opens in Mtn. View

Photo Courtesy Of Pear Avenue Theatre

Pear Avenue Theatre’s “Pear Slices 2011” features eight short plays. It runs through April 24.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s annual festival of short plays by the Pear Playwrights Guild is scheduled through April 24 in Mountain View. This year’s performance is titled “Pear Slices 2011.”

To tie in with Pear’s “Americana” season, playwrights were asked to embrace an American experience theme. The entries varied from historical to present-day settings and “faction” to fiction. Eight finalists were selected from more than 20 entries.

V.B. Leghorn’s “19” is set in August 1920 in the home of Tennessee State Congressman Harry T. Burn, whose discussion with his wife about the vote for women proves amusing and surprising.

Ross Peter Nelson’s “Imperfect Union” takes a look at the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.

“The Last Arawak,” also by Nelson, comically skewers Christopher Columbus and raises criticisms of colonialism.

Margy Kahn’s “Letters from Leipzig” recalls an era when young women’s choices were limited, but dreams could still come true.

Leah Halper’s “Through Delhi” explores a woman’s negotiation with her mother’s avatar in an effort to understand the past – and her will.

Earl T. Roske’s “Lost Girls” looks at the once-common practice of hidden teen pregnancies and closed adoptions through the eyes of two vastly different women.

Elyce Melmon’s “Motherhood” introduces a vision of Whistler and his mother never found in history books.

Beverly Altschuler’s “Showdown” is about a whimsical wanderer in an even wilder Wild West.

The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15-$25.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit www.thepear.org.

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