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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.

The Dow...

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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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These shoes are made for walking : European Cobblery bids downtown Los Altos farewell in early 2014


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Steven Oberhauser and his family are scheduled to close the European Cobblery at 201 First St. in early 2014 after more than 25 years in downtown Los Altos.

The new year will serve as a new chapter for one longtime Los Altos business.

The European Cobblery is scheduled to vacate its retail home at 201 First St. after 27 years in downtown Los Altos. The family-owned business’ final day is Jan. 31.

Stephanee Oberhauser, who manages the store with her husband, Steven, and father, Paul Roth, told the Town Crier that her family attempted to relocate the business to another retail space in the downtown area but simply couldn’t find a location that met their needs. Oberhauser politely declined to discuss the circumstances that led to the need to move the business.

“That was our first goal, to stay here,” said Stephanee, who recalled the day her father opened the First Street location when she was 9 years old. “This was certainly a hard decision.”

Still, she added, all is far from lost. The Oberhausers will join other family members to run the family’s Palo Alto shop at 410 California Ave., which opened in 1982.

Stephanee said the closing of the Los Altos location is really more of a consolidation of resources. She hopes the extra few miles to the Palo Alto cobblery won’t be too far to deter longtime Los Altos customers from making the trip in the future.

“It’s not like this is a situation where we’re going out of business or something,” she said. “Collaborating with my family to run the Palo Alto store just makes more sense.”

The change will also benefit her father and mother, Desiree Roth, who are working to open a new European Cobblery location in Campbell in 2014. The new location will shorten her parents’ commute significantly. They made the trek from their home in Morgan Hill to Los Altos for many years.

“They’re putting their energy into the new store in Campbell, so they’re jazzed about that,” Stephanee said. “One door closes, another door opens.”

Steven readily conceded that his family will miss the familiar faces – customers and nearby retailers alike – they have become accustomed to encountering on a daily basis over nearly three decades.

“I’ve been working for Steph’s parents since, gosh, I was 23,” Steven said. “It’s a place where we’ve been established a really long time, so it’s hard to give it up.”

For more information, visit europeancobblery.com.

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