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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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JUDITH CLOW FUCILLA

OBIT JudithFucilla

Van’s Everything

Judith Clow Fucilla made it all appear so simple - mother, grandmother, friend, hostess extraordinaire, volunteer, supreme gardener, bargain hunter, culinary artist and Van’s everything.

People were drawn to Judy because of her energy, warmth, enthusiasm and generosity. Due to her wide-ranging interests and natural curiosity she would often meet and engage a variety of people—many of whom became family friends. Not only was she a loving wife and an incredible mother, she was a terrific friend to many. Judy quietly watched out for, advised, consoled, comforted, and provided company and assistance to so many friends. There was always space at Judy’s table for people who needed a happy, welcoming place and a meal. She was a natural hostess. Her exceptional sense of fashion and style was so evident in the wonderful events she regularly held in their home. Judy was an avid lover of art, the theatre, travel, lectures, cooking and gardening. She spent many hours toiling away in her splendid garden. She could see beauty in the simplest things.

Judy passed away in her Los Altos home at age 81 after a courageous and gracious battle with cancer. Judy leaves behind her loving husband Ivan “Van” Fucilla, her six daughters, Carrie Thomas (John), Audrey Carlson (John--deceased), Julie Waters (Jim), Beth Seibert (Kurt), Lisa Amoroso and Mollie Fucilla (Joseph McGinley) as well as 7 grandchildren.

Judy and Van began their 64-year love affair while in high school in Evanston, Illinois. Married for 60 years, they have set an example of love and devotion for us all.

Judy expressed her gratitude daily for her wonderful life—her marvelous husband and her much-loved family. We are all so very grateful to have had her in our lives. Judy will be truly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Celebration at 11:00 AM, October 4, 2013 at her long time parish, St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA. Reception to follow. If you need further information please contact: Spangler Mortuaries, Los Altos, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either:

Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085-2905. www.pathwayshealth.org OR

Stanford University’s Dermatology Gift Fund-Skin Cancer Research Development Services, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466, http://dermatology.stanford.edu/gift/

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