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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 produces ‘Apple’


Photo By: Courtesy of Pear Avenue Theatre
Photo Courtesy Of Pear Avenue Theatre

Pear Avenue Theatre’s production of “The Apple Never Falls” features, from left, Diane Tasca, Pat Tyler and Michael Weiland.

The Pear Avenue Theatre is slated to present the world premiere of “The Apple Never Falls” – Paul Braverman’s latest saga of Frankie Payne, East Boston’s lone female detective – Friday through March 19 in Mountain View.

Two years ago, Pear patrons met Frankie Payne in Braverman’s “No Good Deed,” inspired in part by film noir. Set in 1962, that play introduced the hard-smoking, hard-drinking and crime-savvy private detective, who was dealing with the notorious Winter Hill Gang and corruption in Boston’s police force. “Apple” is set two years later, when Frankie attempts to trap a vicious killer during the wave of Boston Strangler attacks.

Directed by veteran Pear director Michael Champlin, the production features Diane Tasca – Pear’s artistic director – reprising her role as the intrepid detective.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Thursday’s show is a preview and Friday is opening night. The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave.

For tickets ($10-$30) and more information, call 254-1148 or visit www.thepear.org.

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