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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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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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Doughnut shop to reopen with new name, new owners

Heidi Pizzo, co-owner of Donut du Jour, believes that it's time to renovate the doughnut.

Pizzo and her father and co-owner, Daniel Cottrell, 59, who was a journeyman baker for 25 years, intend to make eating a doughnut an experience of important culinary distinction.

Their shop will host a grand opening June 16 on State Street.

"I want to tweak the doughnut industry and improve its image," Pizzo said, referring to the somewhat staid image of the traditional doughnut shop serving a grease-laden array of doughnuts under harsh fluorescent lighting with linoleum floors.

"We're tearing out the linoleum floors and putting down wood floors," Pizzo said. "And those pink-colored walls will be earth tones."

She intends to take on the challenge of bringing the doughnut into equal status among consumers with a taste for croissants, biscotti and lattes. "The doughnut shop industry hasn't modernized," Pizzo said.

Donut du Jour will occupy a 600-square-foot space that has held a doughnut shop continuously since 1965. Most recently, Lucky Donuts occupied the space for about 20 years, before selling to Pizzo and Cottrell in April.

Cottrell's baking expertise should ensure that Donut du Jour delivers a superior product, Pizzo said.

"Not only does my dad know how to bake doughnuts, he has a few tricks that he adds to the recipes," Pizzo said. "My dad is a baker. He has it in his blood. It's who he is."

"Our plan is to regularly offer new products and flavors," Pizzo said. "How about a coconut cream-filled doughnut rolled in burnt coconut?"

She envisions a shop where a customer can sip a cup of coffee, eat a doughnut and relax.

"I want to know my customers by name and I want them to know us."

The shop will serve imported Italian Illy coffee, a selection of teas, homemade hot chocolate, milk, bottled water and sodas.

Menu items are priced from less than $1 to $1.75.

Donut du Jour is located at 108 State St. Hours are 5 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (408) 595-5923.

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