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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.

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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LILLIAN ELEANOR HANSEN


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Lillian Hansen passed away peacefully on December 30, 2012.

Lillian was born in 1924 in Brooklyn New York to parents William and Lillian Weitzenberg and older brother Joseph. At the age of 13, Lillian and her family moved to the west coast and settled in Los Altos. Their creek side property at the end of Portola Road would later serve as the backdrop for many family gatherings and celebrations enjoyed by multiple generations of the Hansen/Weitzenberg family.

Lillian married Walter Hansen in 1948 and had three children: Gary Robert Hansen, Hans Peter Hansen II and Kristen Louise Hansen.

Lillian is survived by her four grandchildren, Jean Ikeda, William Hansen, Hans Peter Hansen III and Dustin Hansen. Her two daughers-in-law Judith Hansen and Jane Hansen and three great grandchildren Avery, Kristen and Paden Ikeda.

Lillian devoted most of her life to volunteer work and was a two-term President of the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary in addition to giving thousands of hours of her time to the organization. She also volunteered at the Los Altos History Museum and was a member of the Los Altos United Methodist Church.

Lillian was happiest spending time with her family at Pajaro Dunes, working in her garden, listening to classical music and reading a great novel.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 19th at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Rd, Los Altos.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, California 94022.

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