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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.

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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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Volunteer recognized for efforts at Day Worker Center

Photo Submitted Photo The Chamber of Commerce in Mountain View recognized Kathie Franger as a hero for her dedicated volunteerism at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View.

The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View honored the Day Worker Center of Mountain view as Non-Profit of the Year. The center and longtime volunteer Kathie Franger were recognized as heroes at the “Celebration of Heroes” event Nov. 5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

“Kathie has been an integral part of the center from our very beginning, always present, always punctual, always dedicated,” said Maria Marroquin, Day Worker Center executive director. “She cares deeply about the workers and has contributed thousands of hours of essential work to the center. She is our treasure.”

Franger said she has a strong interest in peace and justice.

 

“The Day Worker Center is a place where I can pursue justice,” she said. “It is a pleasure to connect with workers who are sacrificing so much to help their families, and with the wonderful volunteers and staff at the center.”

Franger said she became aware of the center through her church, St. Joseph’s of Mountain View.

The highlights of her work, she said, include driving the center’s van in the Mountain View Spring Parade; the center’s 10th anniversary celebration; the presentation of the center’s original, bilingual play, “La Espera,” performed by dayworkers; and marching with workers for immigrant rights.

Franger has lived in Mountain View for more than 50 years. She raised her children there and retired from the Mountain View Whisman School District.

The Day Worker Center of Mountain View serves dayworkers, employers and the surrounding community. The center aims to provide workers with a safe and supportive environment in which to find work and offer local employers a means to procure casual labor and household help. The center’s goal is for the community to benefit from a resource that promotes the integration, education and job-skill training of immigrants so that they can contribute more fully to the communities in which they work and live.

For more information, visit www.dayworkercentermv.org.

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