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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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Weddings

Letts, Wisser

Karen Letts and David Wisser were married on May 3 at St. Nicholas Church in Los Altos. A reception followed at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

The bride is the daughter of Noreen and Dick Letts of Los Altos. She is a graduate of Los Altos High School and received a bachelor of science degree in finance from San Diego State University. She is employed as an accountant from the Pacific Environmental Group.

The groom is the son of Sally and Fred Wisser of Okemos, Mich. He is a graduate of Portage Northern High School and received bachelor of arts degrees in political science and history from the University of Michigan. He is an automation specialist with Airborne Freight.

Macchia, Aldrich

Gina L. Macchia and Lance P. Aldrich were married on Nov. 16 at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. A reception followed at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

The bride is the daughter of Liz and Michael Macchia of Los Altos. She is a graduate of Mountain View High School and received a degree in dietetics and food administration from California State University at Chico. She is a diet technician at Stanford University Hospital.

The groom is the son of Lois Aldrich of Canyon, Calif., and Larry Aldrich of Maui. He is a graduate of Miramonte High School in Moraga, Calif., and received a degree in industrial technology from California State University at Chico.

He is a project manager at Plynetics Express in San Leandro.

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