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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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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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William E. Shine: Los Altos volunteer extraordinaire


Longtime Los Altos resident William E. Shine, an avid community volunteer who organized the city’s 1976 Bicentennial parade and celebration, died June 30. Mr. Shine was 92.

A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Shrine graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Deployed to the European Theater in 1944, Sgt. Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.

He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France, and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in 1945, Mr. Shine was a disabled veteran for the remainder of his life.

He earned a degree from the University of Notre Dame following the war, not long before marrying Joan Baltz in 1950. A brief visit to California before the war impressed Mr. Shine enough for him to convince his wife that they should move West with their first child.

They settled in Los Altos in 1952, the year of the city’s incorporation. The Shines raised five children, all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

Mr. Shine’s numerous volunteer efforts – from organizing the Bicentennial parade to leading a fundraising drive for the library’s fountain and redwood deck – earned him the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award in 1981.

A lover of music and sports, Mr. Shine was actively involved in Little League and in 1979 helped establish the Music in the Air concerts, presented by the music departments at Foothill College and Los Altos and Awalt high schools.

A singer in church choirs during high school and college, Mr. Shine was a member of the St. William Parish choir and belonged to a barbershop quartet.

Mr. Shine is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine of Mountain View; daughters Joan Jones of Santa Clara and Theresa Swilley of Oakdale; sons William Shine Jr. of Mountain View and Damian Shine of Alpharetta, Ga.; brother Robert of Corvallis; sister Mary of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren.

Services have been held.

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