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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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MV airman to receive commendation for heroism – 57 years after the fact


Photo By: Claudia Cruz/Mountain View Patch
Photo Claudia Cruz/Mountain View Patch

Airman 1st Class Juan C. Aranda Jr. is scheduled to receive the Commendation Medal from U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo Monday.

Mountain View resident Airman 1st Class Juan C. Aranda Jr. heroically saved four people stranded in Hurricane Santa Clara, which devastated Puerto Rico in 1956. Nearly 57 years later, the U.S. Air Force plans to award him the Air Force Commendation Medal.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, the Air Force and the California Air National Guard Unit’s 129th Rescue Wing have scheduled a presentation ceremony 3:30 p.m. Monday at the 129th Rescue Wing’s Blue Hangar on the east side of Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View.

Members of the public are invited to attend.

Eshoo, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, requested that the Secretary of the Air Force review Aranda’s record for consideration of the formal recognition.

“Airman 1st Class Aranda acted without hesitation and bravely saved the lives of a father and his three sons who became stranded during Hurricane Santa Clara in August 1956,” Eshoo said. “With courage and conviction, he put his own life at risk when others were in need.”

Upon receiving news of the commendation, Aranda downplayed his herosim.

“In circumstances like the one I encountered that fateful night, you do what you have to do, regardless of the consequences,” he said. “We are all really here to serve humanity. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.”

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