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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.

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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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A.A. GOETZ, M.D.

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May 7, 2013 – Nov. 16, 2013
Resident of Los Altos

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Goetz resided in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills for over 60 years. In declining health over the past year, he passed away peacefully with his son and daughter by his side. Dr. Goetz grew up in Hagerstown, MD and earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins and his M.D. from University of Maryland. He married his beloved Natalie in 1947, and they had a storybook romance for 64 years until her death in 2009.

In the late 1940’s, military service brought them to California where Dr. Goetz, an Army medical officer, was stationed at Fort Ord.They fell in love with California and stayed. Dr. Goetz practiced internal medicine and cardiology in California for over 50 years, first in San Francisco and then in the South Bay as an early member of the Sunnyvale Medical Group. Dr. Goetz was the founding chief of medical staff of El Camino Hospital and served until 1961 when the doors opened. He opened a medical clinic in Mt. View, the first of a series of group practices dedicated to the belief that doctors working together could provide superior care to their patients. Dr. Goetz was much beloved by his patients and was a pillar in the medical community. In the early 1980’s he founded one of the first Executive Health Programs in the area, which subsequently became part of El Camino Hospital. It later operated out of the Menlo Clinic and continues to thrive at Stanford Hospital. 

Dr. Goetz was an avid tennis player and skier who enjoyed both pursuits into his eighties. Dr. Goetz enjoyed a wide, warm circle of friends who continued to visit him to his last days.

Dr. Goetz is survived by his son Bill and daughter-in-law Jennifer of Eugene, Oregon; daughter Allison and grandchildren Zoe and Leo Davis of Redwood City.  The family thanks the staff at the Forum Health Care Center for their patient and loving care. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Parkinson’s Institute.

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