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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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PAMF sees robust start to flu season

Influenza season 2013 hasn’t started yet, but people are taking steps to stop it before it arrives.

More than 25,000 patients received flu vaccinations in the first two weeks of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s special flu clinics. On average, PAMF medical teams are administering an estimated 2,700 flu shots at its Bay Area centers.

To meet demand, PAMF is holding weekend Flu Express clinics at most of its locations throughout the region. Since 2006, the Mountain View Center has hosted a drive-thru vaccine clinic, which is particularly popular with older adults, parents with small children and those with limited mobility. An estimated 400 patients received their annual flu vaccine the first day of this year’s drive-thru flu clinic.

In the U.S., flu shots are recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older. The flu can be a serious illness, especially in young children, pregnant women, adults aged 65 and over, and those with underlying health conditions.

October is a good time to get the flu vaccine, according to PAMF officials, as seasonal flu outbreaks typically peak sometime between December and March.

“Numbers of people getting the vaccine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation may be up slightly, possibly related to the harsh flu season we had last year as well as interest in the new quadrivalent flu vaccines,” said Charles Weiss, M.D., chairman of PAMF’s Infectious Diseases Committee.

This year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a quadrivalent (four-virus) flu vaccine. The single vaccine offers protection against four different influenza viruses: two A viruses and two B viruses. Combined, the influenza A and B viruses cause the majority of influenza illness every year in the U.S.

In addition to regular adult and pediatric quadrivalent flu-shot vaccines, PAMF offers high-dose (for adults 65 and older) and Flu Mist nasal (healthy persons 2-49 years old) flu formulations.

Hours are posted online for flu clinics scheduled at PAMF’s centers in Los Altos and Mountain View.

For more information, visit pamf.org.

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