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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.

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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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REVEREND CHARLES BEZDEK

OBIT RevCharlesBezdek


The Bezdek family is saddened to report the death of Rev. Charles Bezdek, age 90, on Nov. 8. A memorial service was held at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Condolences may be sent to Peggy Bezdek at 1742 Virginia St., Berkeley, CA 94703. Chuck received a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA and was ordained in 1947. He received an additional degree from Hartford Theological Seminary. He served churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts before moving to California as founding pastor of Foothills Congregational Church, where he served 25 years and was later made Minister Emeritus.

Throughout his life, Chuck enjoyed such pursuits as traveling, sailing, camping, and spending summers on the delta. A highlight was an extended camping trip through Europe with his wife Peggy and a VW camper.

Chuck is survived by his wife Peggy, daughters Susan Jepsen and Patricia Bezdek, son Martin Bezdek, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by daughter Elizabeth Bezdek. In honoring Chuck's longstanding tradition of encouraging mission giving, memorial contributions may be made to the mission/disaster relief project of your choice.

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