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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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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.

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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Former Los Altos resident, Nick Mardesich, 80


Mr. Mardesich

Former Los Altos resident Nick Mardesich died unexpectedly in his Cupertino home Aug. 16. He was 80.

Mr. Mardesich’s family emigrated from Yugoslavia to Cupertino. The family at one time owned orchards of cherries, apricots and prunes. It was there that his lifelong love for the land blossomed. The Mardesiches farmed the orchards until irrigating and spraying regulations became too cumbersome to continue.

Mr. Mardesich graduated from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and San Jose State University before being drafted in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard the heavy cruiser USS St. Paul.

After his military service, Mr. Mardesich, his wife, Barbara, and their children, Michael and Connie, lived in Los Altos for 23 years while he worked as a controller at Hewlett-Packard Co. in Palo Alto.

With his brothers John and Joe, Mr. Mardesich formed Mardesich Co., a commercial property business, which he managed until his death.

Mr. Mardesich was proud of his Yugoslavian heritage. His family hailed from Komiza, a small village on the island of Viz, in the region now known as Croatia. He took his family to visit their roots in 1974.

As has been the tradition in Croatian families for centuries, property passes down from the eldest son to the eldest son. Mr. Mardesich, as the eldest son of an eldest son of an eldest son, became the legal owner of the small house his family had lived in for generations.

It meant a great deal to his Croatian family when Mr. Mardesich and his family returned from their visit and he went to the consulate in San Francisco and legally deeded the house to his father’s brother. The Mardesiches were told that the uncle wept with joy at being owner of the land, and they said the generous gift speaks to the kind of man Mr. Mardesich was.

Mr. Mardesich and his wife traveled to 63 countries and all 50 United States, but he considered his trip to Croatia his favorite, because it cemented for his children his love of being “Slav.” The Mardesiches celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just two weeks before his death.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a favorite charity or the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org).

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