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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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Thomas Robert Conlon, a devoted teacher, remained active in Los Altos Hills affairs

Thomas Robert Conlon, a 30-year resident of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully of cancer on Sept. 11. He was 71.

The firstborn son of native San Franciscans, "Tom" Conlon grew up an altar boy and on the ballfields of San Francisco's Portola district.

He was a graduate of St. Joseph's School (1953) and received his bachelor's degree from St. Patrick's Seminary (1955) and master's degree from the University of San Francisco (1967).

Mr. Conlon played tennis and rode his bike through the apricot orchards of Los Altos Hills long before the town was incorporated. He also served in the U.S. Army (Germany, 1959).

Known to his classmates as "Dink," Conlon was educated as a priest but called to teach.

For 36 years, Mr. Conlon was a master teacher at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.

There, he opened thousands of minds to Aristotle, Yeats and everything in between. His heart, home, family, library and travels were all as open to his students as his classroom.

The unofficial ambassador of Tripoli, Conn., Mr. Conlon was social and active in town affairs. If he didn't know you, he likely knew your neighbor or kin.

Husband of 42 years to June M. Conlon, Mr. Conlon is also survived by his brother and sister, Patrick J. and Sister Ann M. Conlon; four children, Thomas P. Conlon (Taylor McCandless), Pamela M. Sandhu (Kulwant), Edward D. Conlon (Elisa Stephens) and Hillary A. Conlon (Louis Demers); and seven grandchildren, Hanspreet, Chandpreet, and Raspreet Sandhu, Sage and Emma Conlon, and Elia and Brigitte Demers.

These and hundreds of other family members, friends, students, neighbors, colleagues, seminarians and Lions around the world will surely miss him.

A memorial service, with a reception to follow, will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 3, at Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post St. (at Mason), San Francisco. Interment will be private. Gifts to the Thomas R. Conlon Scholarship Fund are welcome: University of San Francisco Development Office, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco 94117.

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