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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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Historical LAH tradition revived after 35 years: "Old-Timers" gather to remember town's rural roots


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Longtime residents mingle during Los Altos Hills’ recent “Old-Timers Gathering,” which drew more than 70 people.

An umbrella of cover beneath the towering Heritage Oak tree at Los Altos Hills Town Hall proved an appropriate setting for the “Old-Timers Gathering” Oct. 20. Residents living in the community for 35 years or longer served as guests of honor.

More than 70 people mingled with neighbors, perused old photos and shared memories. The atmosphere was jovial as guests exchanged stories of Los Altos Hills’ rural past while circled around the tree – a symbol of the town’s enduring legacy amid a changing landscape.

Although new residents may be attracted to Los Altos Hills for its bucolic atmosphere, established residents of the area remember days when open space meant more than a large home on a 1-acre lot.

Christine and Shirley Abraham, second-generation Los Altos Hills residents, recalled their childhood memories of trekking from Palo Alto to “The Lot”– a name given to the spacious landscape of Los Altos Hills – where they built forts in mustard fields and wandered past walnut farms.

Other attendees highlighted longstanding holiday traditions in their neighborhoods and pointed to the increasing diversity of the community over the years.

Los Altos Hills History Committee member Diane Brauch noted that the committee was surprised to learn that the last gathering of this type occurred in 1978.

“People seemed to really enjoy it,” Brauch said after October’s event, adding that she hopes it won’t be another 35 years before the History Committee schedules another “Old-Timers Gathering.”

In the interim, members of the History Committee will continue to gather oral histories from residents and document the origins of local street names.

For more information on Los Altos Hills’ history, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/about-lah/town-history.

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