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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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Volunteers gather to aid in fight against genetic spinal disease


Courtesy of Marge Shively
Members of Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy gather annually to support fundraisers by preparing mailings. This year’s group includes, front, from left: Nancy Cook, Marge Shively, Keiko Hayashi, Linda Thomason and Irene Ogawa; back: Ann Roper, Pat Wolff, Annemarie Rosengreen and Don McCauley.

For the past 12 years, local volunteers have banded together annually to prepare mailings in support of fundraisers for Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Los Altos resident Marge Shively organized the nonprofit group after her daughter Linda’s daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

SMA is a genetic disease that destroys the nerves that control voluntary movement, which can prevent affected children from crawling, walking or, in severe cases, even lifting their heads. Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy aims to provide information, guidance, encouragement and hope to families with a loved one suffering from SMA.

This year’s mailing includes the announcement of the 11th annual Northern California Walk-n-Roll across America, scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Aug. 24 in Golden Gate Park. Last year’s Walk-n-Roll raised more than $115,000 with the aid of a matching grant.

“Eleven years ago we started this walk when my daughter Jessica was one and a half years old,” Linda said. “I couldn’t sit back and do nothing. I wanted to make a difference – and make a difference we have.”

Linda offered thanks to those who continue to support Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

“Significant progress has been made in research toward finding a treatment and a cure for SMA,” she said.

To donate, make checks payable to FSMA and mail to FSMA, PO Box 3831, Los Altos 94024.

For more information, call Marge Shively at 948-3192 or visit smanorcal.org.

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