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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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DOROTHY W. BROWN

OBIT DorothyBrown

1919 - 2013

Dorothy Brown (“Nana”) passed away on July 30, 2013, three weeks shy of her 94th birthday. She was born on August 19, 1919 at the Palo Alto hospital to Charles W. and Josephine D. Wright.

 Her one sibling, Arthur Wright, preceded her in death. Dorothy was a loving mother to her daughter Dyan Hubb (Gary), grandmother to Lori (Jim) and David (Jamie), and great grandmother to David, Kelly, Molly and Stephen Rowse and Madelyn Hubb.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident of Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills. As a child, she grew up on the family’s apricot ranch in Los Altos Hills, riding her pony to and from the one room Purissima grammar school. She attended Palo High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Alan Brown.  They were married over 50 years when Alan passed away in July 1990.

Shortly after they were married, Alan enlisted in the Navy and Dorothy and Dyan moved to San Jose to live with relatives.  Dorothy immediately found work at the P.M. Mill to support her family and the war effort while Alan was away. Alan’s return to San Francisco on a dilapidated navy frigate was a story Dorothy loved to share with close friends and always brought tears to her eyes. After the war, Alan and Dorothy owned Brown’s gift stores in Palo Alto and Los Altos for 12 years and then Dorothy worked in the food service departments at both De Anza and Foothill Junior Colleges before retiring in 1980.

Throughout her life Dorothy’s passions included her family, her friends, and her animals. While living at her family ranch in Los Altos Hills, she surrounded herself with them all. She had a love of life that was infectious to all those around her, always up for an adventure, whether it be a late night ride on her horse, a weekend road trip to Tahoe or Fort Jones, or a 6 week journey around the US. And, though confined to a wheelchair in her later years, she always was ready to go wherever the road and her family and friends took her. Her unwavering love, kindness and enthusiasm are dearly missed.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Emeritus at Harden Ranch who cared so dearly for Dorothy in her final years.

Dorothy was interned next to her husband Alan at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto. A celebration and remembrance of her life will take place at a later time.

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