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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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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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Vineyard Bank plans to open in downtown Los Altos

Vineyard Bank of Corona will soon join the bevy of banks in Los Altos.

The company, with $2.3 billion in assets, plans to open an office in Los Altos within the next 60 to 90 days, said Executive Vice President Natalie Taaffe.

Currently the bank has 15 branches in Southern California and a Northern California office in San Rafael.

"Initially, our office will be a loan construction office," said Taaffe, responsible for the single-family residential luxury construction-lending unit at Vineyard.

The bank will focus on homeowners and builders and eventually open a full-service branch.

"We'll serve home-owners interested in a remodel, a renovation or a complete teardown and rebuild," Taaffe said.

Vineyard will also serve general contractors, building on a speculative basis.

Taaffe, a resident of Los Altos, is looking for a branch location on San Antonio Road.

"We need onsite parking and that's challenging to find," she said. "We are definitely coming to town at a downtown location."

Prior to joining Vineyard,

Taaffe was executive vice president and construction lending manager at Bridge Bank of San Jose. She opened the firm's construction and real estate lending division in 2001.

In opening a bank in Los Altos, Taaffe is returning to her roots. She is a descendant of one of the region's founding families, the Murphy family of the Murphy/Stevens party, the first wagon train to successfully cross the Sierra Nevada mountain range in 1844.

When the Taaffe and Murphy families joined in marriage in 1862, Martin Murphy gave 2,800 acres of what later became Los Altos Hills to his daughter Elizabeth, the bride, and William Taaffe, the groom.

"I like to think that by focusing on construction lending throughout my career I'm continuing the tradition started by the Murphy family so long ago," said Taaffe, who was born and raised in Los Altos Hills.

Vineyard Bank is located temporarily at 2225 E. Bayshore Road., Suite. 223, Palo Alto.

For more information, call Natalie Taaffe at 391-1987, 521-6988 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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