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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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NANCY JOAN NAPOLI


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March 30, 1938 – January 21, 2013

After a lifetime of devotion to family, education and friends, Nancy Joan Napoli died peacefully on January 21, 2013 following a brief illness. She was 74 years old.

She was born Nancy Joan Blanchard on March 30, 1938 in Sacramento, California to Adrien and Alice Blanchard. A fourth-generation native Californian, she graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento and the University of California at Berkeley. At Cal, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and a proud Golden Bear during the Joe Kapp years. While there, she met and fell in love with her future husband, Robert “Bob” Napoli, an engineering student who was working as a “hasher” in the sorority house. In 1959 they married and moved to Marin County, where she taught second grade for four years at Santa Margarita Elementary School in San Rafael.

In 1966 Bob and Nancy moved with their one year-old daughter Alison to Sunkist Lane in Los Altos. Their son Steve was born in 1968, and over the next many years Nancy filled her life with mothering, friends (the Friday Park Group), and countless hours of school volunteering. Once the kids were older, Nancy channeled her seemingly limitless energy into starting two different small businesses and also worked as a bookkeeper in a doctor’s office. However, she soon realized her true passion was teaching, and in the late 1990’s she renewed her credential and landed a job as a fifth grade teacher at Slater Elementary School in Mt. View, where she taught for over ten years. She loved teaching 5th graders, was passionate about the 5th grade curriculum and reveled in introducing her students to new ideas and experiences.

In 2002 Nancy retired from teaching to devote time to her newest passion – her grandchildren. Olivia, James and Sophie were the lucky recipients of time, love and attention from Grammy. Never one to sit around, Nancy also enjoyed attending her thrice-weekly Jackie Sorenson aerobic dance class (of which she was a 25+ year member), getting together with her college sorority sisters and high school friends, reading with her book group, visiting her friend Judy Bell on Maui and attending the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland with Julie Grantz, Starbucks coffee mornings with Jolly, Helen and Sue, and tutoring with Reading Partners. She also loved gardening, especially growing and sharing her tomatoes and roses.

Nancy is survived by her brother, Bob Blanchard (and wife Barbara), her children, Alison Napoli Leupold (and husband Rob) and Steve Napoli (and wife Lisa) and three grandchildren: Olivia, James and Sophie Leupold. She also leaves behind countless family and friends who will miss her generous spirit, sparkling eyes, and easy smile.

A Celebration of Nancy’s Life will be held on Friday, March 22 at 11:30AM at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos. To honor Nancy’s passion and commitment to experiential learning and outdoor education, the family requests that contributions in Nancy’s honor be made to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, 11000 Pescadero Road, La Honda, CA 94020.

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