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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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Slowing time: The Rockey Road

It’s difficult to think of my husband as a grown man. When we met, he had blonde hair that was kind of long, big green eyes and was on the skinny side; he looked like a surfer and was oh, so cute. We were barely in our 20s and he was my boyfriend, not my manfriend. Now, my husband still has blonde hair – OK, with a little gray mixed in – he still has beautiful, big green eyes and he has added some nice muscle to that skinny body. He is still oh, so cute. But I don’t remember him turning in his boy badge for a man badge. He’s still the same guy I met 24 years ago. He looks a little different, but it seems that time has stood still for him.

When something gives, something takes, and while time has stood still for my husband, time has sped up for my son. In just four short years, my little boy will technically be a man. I’m catching my breath from saying that.

I savored the moments with my baby as best I could in anticipation of the time he would no longer fit on my lap or when his voice would change so much that I’d hardly recognize it on the phone. I dismissed all of the advice directing me to let go and make him be independent, even if he wasn’t ready. I knew back then that time was going to fly by, and I held my son a little closer every time an older parent reminded me of that rude fact. With all my might, I held on to our time.

But the time still slipped through my clutched fingers, and now I find myself fighting even harder to slow it down. I spent most of my summer waiting for the reality of my son starting high school to hit me, hard. At the same time, I braced myself with the understanding that my perception of life is up to me. If I could keep focused on each day’s words and moments, I could slow time a bit. If I really listen to my son talk instead of listening while reading mail or cleaning the kitchen, I could attach the inflections in his voice to the slight movements of his face. I could take note of the subtle changes instead of being shocked when they’d developed behind my back.

I’m glad to have stumbled on to this new way of thinking, now, when I still have another lifetime ahead of me. My son and my beautiful daughter, who I can’t even begin to think of as a woman, still have many phases to go through and will always need my husband and me. Maybe we can’t wipe their tears away in a rocking chair anymore, but we can soak it all in, even when they are just talking about their day.

Coincidentally, as I write, I am listening to Dave Matthews Band. My husband, my manly husband, and I have been fans since before our son was born. The song playing right now, “Everyday,” is one my son loved and sang when he was 2 years old. We have been taking our children to Dave concerts since they were toddlers, and when we saw the band again a few months ago, we were taken back through the years with every song.

I am thankful for the times I can watch my children sleep, or gaze out of the window at my husband in the garden, or dance with all three of them to Dave songs. The years are flying by, but I will do my best to observe with deliberation as my children grow into adults, by taking the time to focus every day.

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