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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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JOAN PHILLIPS

OBIT JoanPhillips

Joan was born in San Francisco at the Letterman General Hospital in April 22, 1928, and died in Los Altos, California on December 17, 2013. She was 85 years old.

She traveled a lot since her father was a career officer in the Army and her husband spent 30 years as a naval pilot. She made friends everywhere and enjoyed tennis and swimming  for puka shells in Hawaii. She joined the International tennis club in Bangkok and still communicates with acquaintances she met there. She never lacked for friends and was gregarious in nature.

She attended Oakland High School and went on to Mills College where she graduated in 1950. She became a teacher in Franklin Elementary School in Alameda, until she married at the Catholic Church in Berkeley in 1959.

Joan volunteered at the Bargain Box, a subsidiary of the Children’s Health Council, for 25 years. She went twice a week and enjoyed the people working there, as well as the customers.

She had a short illness for three months, and functioned normally until the end.

She was preceded in death by her parents Grayson and Ramona Schmidt, and her older sister Ramona Schwartz.

Instead of flowers, donate to the Hospice care at Pathways at 585 North Mary Avenue in Sunnyvale CA 94085. They did a fantastic job.

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