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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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Town Crier staff merits City Pride Award


Ron Labetich presents the City Pride Award to Town Crier staff members who have been with the paper since its purchase 10 years ago. From left, are Editor Bruce Barton, Ad Services Manager Chris Post, Associate Publisher Howard Bischoff, Labetich, Ad Sales Manager Susan Glaze and staff reporter Clyde Noel.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce presented its quarterly City Pride Award to the staff of the Los Altos Town Crier last week.

Speaking on behalf of the Community Pride Committee, Ron Labetich explained that the newspaper staff was selected "because the Town Crier has consistently demonstrated its commitment to help build the community week after week."

Labetich said the Town Crier's "sponsorship of programs like the annual Holiday Fund and co-sponsoring the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors awards, plus donating thousands of dollars worth of promotion and advertising to non-profits, help make Los Altos what it is today - a wonderful place to live and raise a family."

Surprised Publisher Paul Nyberg said that it is "the sensitivity and professionalism of our newspaper staff when dealing with the public that make it true community journalism. We are fortunate that five key employees have been with us over the 10 years since we purchased the paper from the Chicago Tribune Company in 1993."

The City Pride Committee was formed in January 2002 to recognize individuals, properties or organizations that promote pride in Los Altos by example or through community education and information.

This is the fourth quarterly award this year. Previous winners are the Brossards, Dream Homes in Real Estate and Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center.

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