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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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Senior Center honors volunteers

The Los Altos Senior Center honored volunteers Patricia Scheid and Laverne Uribe for their contributions at the California Parks and Recreation Society District 4 awards and volunteer recognition dinner Feb. 28.

Scheid is the center’s resident travel expert, escorting and preparing members for trips. She supports staff with registration and travel ideas and enforces industry standards. According to participants, they travel with the Senior Center because Scheid is the escort.

In addition to her travel duties, Scheid runs the Senior Center when staff is unavailable. She has worked up to 20 hours a week at times supporting staff, programming and participants. She arranges fresh flowers for the lobby and luncheon centerpieces and helps prepare food for the luncheons.

Members say they look forward to Scheid’s welcoming smile – she knows most participants by name.

Uribe has volunteered for the Senior Center for more than 17 years, helping with nearly every facet of the center’s operations. She has prepared meals and snacks, set up tables, manned the front desk and assisted with recreation registration. She is currently a bingo caller and movie host.

According to Senior Center staff, Uribe has helped to set standards at the center, paying attention to detail and taking action when things are out of order. Through the years, they said, she has exemplified the Senior Center values of greeting and getting to know participants on an individual basis.

Members lauded Uribe for being “genuine” and for working to improve what needs improving, while at the same time enjoying things as they are. Members agreed that Uribe will speak up for what she believes in and works hard for the betterment of her community.

For more Senior Center news, see page 37.

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