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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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LEONARD F. ROBINSON

OBIT LeonardRobinson

Leonard F. Robinson was born on September 17, 1915 in Morrill, Kansas. He moved to San Francisco in 1922, growing up in the city and graduating from Lowell High at the height of the Great Depression. He became a carpenter like his father, and then went on to be the first in his family to attend college, graduating with honors from the Engineering School at UC Berkeley. He founded the engineering firm L.F. Robinson and Associates, now RMJ and Associates, and had a long career designing major structures in the city and beyond. The capstone building of his career was St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, completed in 1971. 

In 1950, the family moved to Los Altos, and five years later to his home of 58 years in Los Altos Hills. A man of many interests and talents, he touched many lives with his kindness and generosity and made friends all over the world in his extensive travels teaching ballroom dancing with his beloved wife, Lee, who passed away in 2000. Leonard Robinson passed away peacefully on October 25, 2013 in his own home at the age of 98, and will be sorely missed by his five children, eight grand children, four great-grandchildren, and anyone who was lucky enough to have met him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to CCO (ca-cco.org), for their work with people with developmental disabilities.

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