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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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Tap into autumn with classic cars at fall festival

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce will hold its sixth annual "Celebrate Los Altos" Fall festival on Oct. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the South Parking Plaza between First Street and San Antonio Road in downtown Los Altos.

More than 160 artisans will display their work in media as diverse as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and other decorative holiday items in this yearly fundraiser produced by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce to benefit its many community programs.

This year's festival includes a Sports Tent with television monitors beaming fall football, baseball and soccer games as well as other sporting events via satellite, and a classic car show presenting 80 vintage automobiles pre-dating 1969, as well as an exhibition of pre-1976, for-sale cars.

Children and their parents will also have the opportunity to participate in the festival's annual scarecrow contest and walk down "Children's Alley," which features a variety of child-oriented activities.

Festival entertainment this year features music for many tastes, from the "little big band" sound of String of Pearls, which plays oldies and popular music, to rock 'n' roll by the Jesse Charles Band.

Local restaurants will dish up specialties at food booths, ranging from pizza, to Chinese chicken salad and fajitas and barbecue.

Micro-breweries and area vintners will serve beverages throughout the weekend.

The classic car show, going on both days of the festival, is drawing vehicles from as far away as Napa.

The Los Altos Town Crier has offered a 1947 theme for this year's show, in conjunction with the newspaper's 50th anniversary, and is still searching for two more vintage cars from 1947.

And the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few more pre-1969 cars.

To enter your car or for more information, call Paul Averell at 968-6107 or 948-1455.

Sponsors for the event include the San Jose Mercury News, KBAY, McWhorter's, Bank of Los Altos, PG&E, Armadillo Willy's, Le Boulanger, Black Mountain Water, and Los Altos Garbage Company.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking is available. For more information, call the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce at 948-1455.

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