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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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ECH financial operations receive top Standard & Poor’s rating

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services recently affirmed its A+ underlying and long-term rating for Santa Clara County’s 2008 revenue bonds issued for El Camino Hospital.

S&P also affirmed its A+ underlying rating and AAA/A-1+ long-term joint criteria rating on the county’s series 2009A variable rate demand bonds, noting that the outlook for the hospital’s overall long-term debt of $332 million is stable.

“This favorable rating reflects El Camino Hospital’s commitment over the past few years to improving our operating performance and efficiencies,” said Michael King, chief financial officer of El Camino Hospital. “We are pleased to continue delivering high-quality care to our community while maintaining financial strength within a competitive marketplace.”

According to S&P, the ratings reflect the following key factors.

• Strong operations, with a $60 million operating surplus for fiscal year 2012, representing a 10.1 percent operating margin.

• Improved operating liquidity, with unrestricted cash and investments of $599 million as of May 31, representing 360 days’ cash on hand, which S&P considers strong.

• Low leverage of 25 percent total long-term debt to capitalization as of May 31 and limited capital needs.

• Solid economic fundamentals in the operating environment with above-average income indicators.

Additionally, S&P considers the hospital’s affiliation with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation to be beneficial, given the focus on enhancing clinical programs, coordinating risk sharing and developing joint, regionwide strategic plans.

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