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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.

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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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Spending cuts: Too soon to tell or sell

Federal spending cuts of $85 billion that went into effect March 1 are a factor for investors, as stock traders are watching whether the Dow Jones industrials can make another run at the record.

The Dow came within 15 points of its all-time high, closing Thursday at 14,164.

Stocks ended February with a gain after two strong sessions during the week. Historically, a positive January and February suggests a positive year for stocks. Now that the spending cuts have kicked in, businesses, consumers and investors have yet to appear concerned.

Is the primary trend bullish or bearish? With the Dow transports hitting an all-time high and industrials within striking range, the outlook is clearly bullish. Yet the gains do not necessarily guarantee a good year for stocks.

Another area to watch is the sentiment of the country. Surveys of individuals, newsletter editors and portfolio managers reveal an above-normal level of optimism. However, pockets of weakness and uncertainty in the economy underscore the risks inherent in any stock investment. Given the market’s recent strength and the possibility of disappointing economic news, a pullback would not be surprising.

While a secondary correction may be in the cards, it may be too soon to raise cash and buy more stock. As long as the Federal Reserve keeps interest rates low over the long term, investors will move out of bonds and into the stock market. And there is a lot of cash on the sidelines.

News of local interest:

• Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ; $19.95) announced that it will introduce an Android tablet in April for $169. HP, a longtime partner of Microsoft, said it would also eventually debut a Windows-based tablet.

HP provides products, technologies and software solutions to individual customers, the government and health and education sectors. Shares are up 39 percent year-to-date, and the company boasts a market cap of $38.64 billion. One analyst rates Hewlett-Packard a buy and six rate it a sell. The Street deems HP a sell.

The company’s weaknesses are evident in multiple areas: a deteriorating net income, a high debt-management risk, a low return on equity and a generally disappointing historical performance for the stock.

CEO Meg Whitman has promised to bring a number of new programs and innovations to market in coming quarters. Hewlett-Packard has become well known for its struggles, turmoil and disastrous deal-making record, but first-quarter results reveal that Whitman’s turnaround claim is in the works.

• Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE; $40.33), a multinational computer software company with headquarters in San Jose, was founded by local residents John Warnock and Charles Geschke in 1982.

Adobe offers a line of software and services for creative professionals, marketing personnel and application developers. The company is now pushing Photoshop for iPhones and other smartphones with a product called Photoshop Touch. It should increase in popularity as mobile phones become the primary tool for people to take and edit photos.

Adobe stock hit a 52-week high last week when it reached $39.46, with 1.7 million shares traded by noon. Adobe has a market cap of $19.01 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.

The company’s strengths can be seen in its debt levels, net income and stock price performance. The Street rates Adobe Systems as a buy. Nine other analysts deem Adobe a strong buy, 12 a hold and only 1 a strong sell.

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