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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.

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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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Los Altos Turns 60: Glimpses of the Past


Photo By: COURTESY of LISA ROBINSON/LOS ALTOS HISTORY MUSEUM
Photo Courtesy Of Lisa Robinson/Los Altos History Museum

This photo, originally published in January 1952, shows Adobe Creek overflowing at the corner of Edith and West Fremont avenues. The flood was attributed to 2.39 inches of rainfall in 24 hours.

The year 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Los Altos. To honor the milestone, “Glimpses of the Past” will periodically publish photos and items from Los Altos newspapers from 1952.

“Mountain View Takes Another Bite” read the headline on an article recounting that city’s annexation of Jardin Place. The story concluded that “unless steps are taken to incorporate, eventually there will be no Los Altos.”

• An article titled “4 Top GOP Contenders to Appear in the City” covered visits to San Francisco from possible GOP presidential candidates Gov. Earl Warren, Sen. Robert A. Taft, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (represented by Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge) and Harold E. Stassen.

• The Los Altos Post Office’s “conservative” population estimate totaled 13,500 for an area including today’s Los Altos Hills. The estimate represented an approximate 300 percent increase in the six years since the end of World War II. The new Pacific T&T Co. phone book listed 3,352 Los Altos residents.

• The Korean War was still in the news. A photo of Capt. Frederick McCoy accompanied the story of his return after “18 months Korean combat” with the 2nd Infantry Division.

• The Santa Clara County Planning Commission changed street names in the Country Club area “to reduce confusion”: East Terrace Drive to Terrace Drive, West Terrace Drive to Mora Drive, Loyola Drive to Country Club Drive and Fairway Drive to Loyola Drive.

• Dr. Alfred Isk of San Francisco State College served as speaker at the Morning Forum, held at the Los Altos Methodist Community Church.

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