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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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Couple $17 million richer

Los Altos residents are big SuperLotto winners

Los Altos resident Lynn Bell was home alone Saturday when she checked her SuperLotto numbers against the winning numbers in the newspaper.

She couldn't believe it when she discovered she and her husband Rick held the winning combination worth $17 million.

Lynn screamed so loudly that the family dog became frightened and hid.

She waited for her husband to come home.

When she heard the garage door open, Lynn ran outside and waved the winning ticket.

Rick couldn't believe it.

"Read it and weep," Lynn told him. And he did.

This makes the Bells California's newest SuperLotto millionaires and the first Los Altos residents ever to claim a SuperLotto jackpot prize, said Gina Stassi, a spokeswoman from California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.

Each year, for the next 20 years, the Bells will receive $850,000 per year, which is a net payment of $612,000 per year.

Just a few days earlier the Bells had been discussing business. Lynn said to Rick, "The dream can be ours. We just have to have faith."

She had no idea their Lottery win was imminent, but she did believe that good fortune was in their future.

The Bells said they have no immediate plans for the winnings and would like to take the time needed to make decisions.

"We'll just enjoy the summer and go from there," Rick said.

The Bells bought their winning ticket in Los Altos at Jerry's Liquor and Deli at 398 S. San Antonio Road.

Joe and Shahr Mardini have owned the business for almost 10 years and say this is the first time they have ever sold a winning ticket.

"I'm the one," said Joe Mardindi who owns Jerry's with his wife, Shahr. "I sold the ticket.

"A lot of people come and say - 'hey - this is a lucky place.' And they buy a (SuperLotto) ticket. Even the TV people (from Channel 11) bought tickets."

The Mardinis, who live in Mountain View, have been married for 17 years and have three children, 15, 11 and 7.

For selling the winning ticket, they receive one half of one percent which is $85,000, Stassi said.

"It'll go for my kids' education," Mardini said. He expects the check to come in four to six weeks, in one payment.

The Mardinis were unable to go to San Jose for the 1 p.m. press conference on Monday when the winners were announced. They couldn't leave their deli. But their phone is ringing and the store is filling with people who want to feel lucky, too.

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