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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

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 R...

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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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Family fun in the Hills

Socially Speaking

Mark your calendar: Invitations haven't gone out yet, but Los Altos Hills residents should circle Sunday, May 31. From 2-5 p.m., the town will sponsor a wonderful family picnic day at the Los Altos Hills Little League field. This will be a fun day to meet and greet your Hills neighbors. Los Altos Hills resident Kathy Perga, who is on the planning committee for this afternoon event, said there will be a "make your own ice cream sundae" booth, music and games for the family.

Going places: If you weren't at the 11th annual Junior League of Palo AltoMid Peninsula fashion show recently held at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, you missed a great party. Board member Mary Johnson of Los Altos marveled at the professionalism of the models for both the luncheon and black-tie dinner extravaganza. "Water in the dining tent and even a short electrical power outage during the evening fashion show couldn't dampen the spirits of the models and the party-goers," she said. "Everyone was dazzled by the food, fashions and entertainment. The evening was a success, and I'm sure we're on target for raising our goal of $175,000 for community projects."

Singled out: A special honor was bestowed upon Los Altos resident Sandy Arton by Peninsula Children's Center Charter Auxiliary as Volunteer of the Year Award. Sandy has been a member of the auxiliary, which raises funds and serves children with autism and development difficulties, since 1991. Her reason for joining and continuing to volunteer? "It's the children," she said. "I can't think of a better way to spend my time."

Speaking of single: The Spinsters of San Francisco held their annual mother-daughter luncheon at The Clift in San Francisco on April 4. Jennifer Carmichael, former Los Altos resident and daughter of Arthur and Jean Carmichael (former mayor of Los Altos) was one of the lucky members on the planning committee for the event and participated in a special "tasting" to decide the final menu. Founded in 1929, this group of young, single, college educated women has evolved into a community-oriented social and philanthropic organization of more than 175 from all

Heard about a great party? Have a funny story to tell? A celebrity sighting or any other good scoop? Let me know by writing to "Socially Speaking" at the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or by calling or faxing 949-4207.

"Socially Speaking" appears the first and third weeks of the month.

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