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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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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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Leaders sing praises of unsung volunteers


Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Pictured from left are honorees: (front row) Lenelle Smith, Pat Ley, Nomi Trapnell; Suzanne Epstein and Bobbie Huston; (back row) David Struthers, Kristen Fuller, David Casas, Rochelle Bochner and Steve Lohr. Not pictured is honoree Allan Epstein. Lohr received special recognition for donating J. Lohr wine to the event for more than 15 years.

Town Crier Report

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee honored 10 local residents at its annual luncheon Friday.

The event recognized behind-the-scenes volunteers from both communities. Los Altos resident and longtime volunteer Duncan MacVicar served as keynote speaker, addressing the audience on the importance of giving back.

This year’s honorees and the organizations they serve are as follows:

• Barbara “Bobbie” Huston: Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade for more than 36 years, past Almond School PTA president, co-founder of Los Altos Community Foundation.

• Rochelle Bochner: Co-founder of Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides funds to send at-risk youth to wilderness camps. She’s also on the boards of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula and the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto.

• Nomi Trapnell: Los Altos History Museum, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Newcomers Club.

• Allan and Suzanne Epstein: Friends of the Library of Los Altos. Stanford Parents’ Club, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee, Westwind Community Barn.

• David Casas: Former Los Altos councilman, Community Health Awareness Council Board, Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Finance, Little League, Los Altos Fourth of July picnic chairman.

• Pat Ley: Los Altos Hills Environmental and Design Committee for 13 years, involved in town art exhibitions for 25 years, Los Altos Hills Water Conservation Committee.

• Kristen Fuller: Los Altos History Museum board; founded and organizes annual Train Days event.

• Lenelle Smith: Los Altos Library Endowment board, North County Library Authority Board, Los Altos Library Commission, Friends of the Library of Los Altos chairwoman.

• David Struthers: Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee chairman, Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community, Library Commission chairman, math tutor, California Native Plant Society, Hidden Villa.

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