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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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Business Briefs

Zumba fundraiser benefits Drawn from Water charity

Former Miss Ethiopia and Zumba fitness-dance instructor Sehin Belew has scheduled a Zumba dance-instruction fundraiser to benefit Drawn from Water 3-4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Marti’s Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos.

Belew said several tribes in Africa fear evil spirits that bring ill fortune to their villages, using the word “Mingi” to describe persons who are cursed or otherwise imperfect.

“Those deemed Mingi face severe consequences, as (villagers) believe the presence of these children on their land curses the tribe,” she said. “Their solution to this perceived threat is to drown Mingi children in the river.”

Belew said an estimated 1,000 children in Africa are killed in such a manner every year.

The situation touched Sacramento residents Jessie and Levi Bankert, who adopted a baby rescued from Ethiopia and later moved there.

The Bankerts established Drawn from Water, which raises funds to rescue other children. So far, they have rescued 32 children and placed them in an orphanage.

The class is $10. Proceeds benefit Drawn from Water.

For more information, call 714-3311 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Library, SBA partner for entrepreneur series

The Los Altos Library, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, has scheduled four workshops designed to aid the novice entrepreneur make the best business decisions.

The workshops begin at 7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

•Â Feb. 7: “Clarifying Your Entrepreneurial Vision.” Learn how to select criteria in evaluating different options for a potential business.

•Â Feb. 23: “Small Business Ownership: What Business Is Right for Me?” Topics include why now is a good time to invest in business, how to finance a business purchase, franchise myth-busting and how to build a personal business model.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

AARP offers free tax assistance

The AARP Tax-Aide program is again providing tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older, available Tuesday through April 15.

Program volunteers are trained and certified each year in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. One-on-one service is provided for preparation and electronic filing of federal and California personal income-tax returns. The service is provided at most local senior centers and is free – AARP membership is not required.

For more information and service sites, call (888) 227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

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