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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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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.

The Dow...

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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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JANE RECKAMP SPRINGGATE

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Long time Los Altos Hills resident Jane Reckamp Springgate died in the early morning of September 7, 2013. She was 82 years old. 

Jane was born on July 19, 1931 in St Louis, Missouri, the second daughter of Norman and Mildred Reckamp. Jane graduated from Ursuline Academy in St Louis, and following graduation worked at Monsanto Company where she met James Springgate. They were married in 1955 and had two children, John Springgate and Ann Springgate. The family relocated to West Virginia for six years, moved back to St Louis for seven years, and then moved to Los Altos Hills in 1975.   

Jane was a devout Catholic and member of St. Nicholas Parish in Los Altos. She was active for over 30 years with the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children (Allied Arts Guild), which benefits the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Jane volunteered every Tuesday as a server and later as hostess at the Guild’s tea room. She enjoyed playing bridge, hosting dinner parties, and celebrating the holidays with her friends and family.  She and Jim traveled frequently, including several visits to Europe as well as trips to Japan, Korea, Alaska, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.

She is survived by James, her husband of over 57 years, her sisters Mary Louise Seyer and Maureen Frese, her brother Raymond Reckamp, her daughter Ann, her son John and his wife Lisa, her granddaughter Bridget Bush and her husband Philip Bush, and her grandsons James, Edmund and Charles Springgate.   

Jane will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, September 9th at St Nicholas Church. Gifts of remembrance may be made in Jane’s name to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA  94301.

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