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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24

YAMADA, Masaye Uriu,

Following her husband's death in 1975, Masaye became an enthusiastic amateur photographer, went back to college, and in her late 60s graduated from San Francisco State with a B.A. degree in Japanese language and culture. She was a second mother to many of her fellow students, enjoying photography field trips and their friendship and fellowship. She subsequently tutored students in English as a second language and mentored students from Japan. She studied brush painting, tea ceremony, koto, and Ikebana. She also enjoyed gardening and attending the opera.

Masaye moved to Dallas, Texas in 1995 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. She and her daughter built a house together so that Masaye could live with family. In her last 5 years, Masaye suffered a series of progressive health problems, through which she proved wonderfully resilient, adjusting gracefully to each new setback. Throughout her final months and years, she remained fun-loving and cheerful, sharing much laughter and forming bonds of love and friendship with her excellent caregivers Linda Macias and Carmen Hernandez, and winning the affection of all who came to know her.

Masaye was preceded in death by her husband Paul Yamada, her brother Isamu, and sister Tomiko. She is survived by her son Kenneth, daughter Joyce, her brothers Kiyoto, Masashi, Dale, Stanley, Clarence, her sisters Mitsuko, Fumiko, Haruye, and by numerous nephews and nieces, of whom she was very fond.

The Memorial Service will be at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4243 Manuela Avenue, Palo Alto on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 P.M. Inquiries may be directed to 214-943-5347 or e-mail to: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1440 Mockingbird Lane, Suite #500, Dallas, TX 75247, who provided excellent hospice care for the final 1.5 years of Masaye's life, or to a charity of choice.

THRUSH, Margaret V., 88,

She is survied by her four sons; Todd of New Orleans, LA, Tom of Denver, CO, Tim of Los Altos, CA and Trent of Sunnyvale, CA; her brother John Clark and two sisters Jane Parker and Ann Auskings of Mt. Vernon, OH; two grandsons and several nieces and nephews; her husband, a TWA Captain, Roy Thrush; brothers Ralph and Charles Clark and sister Mildred Ewalt died previously.

Services will be held at Spangler Mortuaries in Los Altos at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 26. Donations can be sent to the United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA 94024.

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