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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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Comment

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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Rotary Endowment Fund total reaches historic high

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Endowment Fund has reached a historically high level, according to Jean Mordo, president, who spoke at a Rotary Club meeting June 2.

Despite the cool and rainy weather in May, Mordo said net proceeds from the group’s annual Fine Art in the Park fundraiser increased, thanks to loyal patrons, raffle ticket sales and additional sponsorships. Outgoing Rotary Club President Dennis Young encouraged members to add their personal bequests to the club’s non-profit entity.

Requests for local funding in fall 2010 and spring 2011 totaled more than $148,000. The Community Grants Committee, which comprises 15 Rotarians including four past presidents, analyzed the requests by 10 criteria: each recipient is nonsectarian; tax exempt; serves Santa Clara or San Mateo counties; demonstrates need, efficiency, uniqueness and locality; and is consistent with Rotary ideals.

More than 75 percent of the $97,070 in Los Altos Rotary grants awarded this year benefited local causes: various community and youth groups, Partners for New Generations and individual scholarships to 10 graduating seniors. International grants to the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project (Child AIDS Prevention in Liberia) and nine World Community Service projects (in Nepal, Mexico, Haiti and Guatemala) received a total of $21,000, or 22 percent of total funds granted.

Local non-profit organizations may submit grant requests by Oct. 1.

For more information, visit www.losaltosrotary.org.

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