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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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Comment

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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Letters to the Editor

City should pay, not Passerelle

Passerelle Investment Co. Community Development Director Brooke Ray Smith’s offer to fund a traffic study downtown is certainly a generous one (“Passerelle plans to study Foothill Expressway intersections,” Dec. 25).

But it is an offer for a study that should be sponsored and followed up by Los Altos city government staff, not a private development company. I think this situation begins an unwelcome precedent.

Paula Tuerk

Los Altos

Topics of sorrow and interest

I read with great sorrow about the passing of Jack Stroud (Obituaries, Dec. 25). Jack was simply one of the finest persons I’ve ever known. I extend my sympathies and condolences to his family.

I read with interest Grace Acosta’s column (“Why is Pope Francis Time’s 2013 Person of the Year?,” Dec. 25).

I agree with Acosta that the pope is doing exactly what he ought to be doing. That being the case, why should he be selected as Person of the Year? It reminds me of Thomas Paine’s observations about the “summer soldier and the sunshine patriot.” In a crisis, they will shrink from the service of their country.

I find Christmas to be one of the most joyous times of the year. In part that is because I believe in the soundness and goodness of Jesus’ commands to his followers to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick and house the homeless. I hope that among Jesus’ followers there are very few summer soldiers and sunshine patriots.

Richard Sutherland

Los Altos

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