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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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CHARLES (CHUCK/CANDY) JOHN CANDIANO

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Chuck was born February 8, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Concettina (Avola) and Carlo Candiano. He grew up in an Italian-Polish neighborhood in Chicago, and attended Wells High School, where he played trumpet in the school band and participated in student govt. and theater. An avid music lover, he managed to see all the popular Big Bands of the era whenever they came to town.

Following HS, he worked 4 years at Wrap-In-Wax Paper Company before attending University of Arizona in Tucson, where he continued to play the trumpet, joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and received a BS in Business Administration/Advertising. To fulfill his ROTC requirements, he completed 2 years of military service in the US Army, serving as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in Recon Company, 4th Infantry Division.

In 1957, Chuck and Sally Neill married in Encino, California after meeting in the US Officer’s Club in Frankfurt, Germany where he was stationed after WWII and she was employed at the US Embassy in the Foreign Service Corps. They lived briefly in Arizona, where Chuck attended the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird). From there, while he pursued a career in international business, they moved to Wash. DC, NYC, Chicago and New Mexico before moving to Los Altos, CA, where they lived for 37 years and raised their daughter, Nicole.

Chuck worked in the wine industry in CA (Italian Swiss Colony, Christian Brothers, Mirassou) for 34 years. He traveled extensively overseas during this time, a pioneer in the export of CA wines in an era when they were just beginning to be recognized around the world. Chuck was chosen to accompany the Sect. of State of CA on a trade mission to Asia during the late 1970’s…a career highlight. He maintained warm and long-lasting friendships over the years with his business contacts in many countries.

Chuck and Sally retired to Cloverdale, CA in 2000, where they enjoyed visiting the nearby wineries and the redwood forests of Northern CA, and made many new friends. In 2006, they moved to WA to be closer to family and resided at Emerald Heights in Redmond, where their circle of friends expanded again.

Chuck was a devoted husband, exemplary father, and proud grandfather. Family always came first for him.  Following a serious stroke in the late 90s, he endured many years of disability with humor and grace, always making sure others were comfortable. His generosity was immeasurable.

Chuck died November 19, 2013. He was 84.

Chuck is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sally, and sister, Nancy Mylander. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole; son-in-law, Bruce (Johnson); granddaughter, Caya; sister, Grace Santangelo (Bartlett, IL); one niece, four nephews and their families.

A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 14, 11AM at Emerald Heights, Redmond, WA. A Funeral Mass will be said on Dec. 16, 9AM at St. Jude Catholic Church, Redmond WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The EvergreenHealth Foundation, Hospice Services, 12040 NE 128th St, MS 5, Kirkland, WA, 98034-3013, https://foundation.evergreenhospital.org OR Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780. 866-7-TROOPS. https://www.hfotusa.org/donate. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the guestbook at: www.flintofts.com.

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