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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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CARMEN PONCE SFORZINI

OBIT CarmenSforzini

After a long illness, Carmen Ponce Sforzini, a native Californian and long-time resident of Los Altos, died in Alamo, CA, on December 18.

A family High Mass and graveside ceremony at Alta Mesa Cemetery were held on December 23. There will be a Memorial in early spring for family and friends to celebrate her life.

Carmen was born in Santa Clara, CA, to Spanish immigrants Frank and Mary Anaya Ponce. She grew up on her family's fruit ranch in Cupertino, which supplied peaches, apricots and cherries to local markets and nearby canneries. Carmen graduated in 1938 from Fremont Union High School, where she met her future husband of 69 years, Harry Sforzini.

In a life spanning most of the 20th century, Carmen had many interests and accomplishments. In 1940, representing Shuckles Cannery in Sunnyvale, she was crowned “Miss Rancho Soup” at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. She was a member of the Quadalco Club and (with Harry) the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View. The couple enjoyed traveling, fishing, golf, pheasant hunting, dancing, and attending social and civic events together.

Carmen was also a seamstress, needleworker, avid 49ers fan, and cook, with two original recipes printed in Sunset Magazine. Together with Harry, she was co-owner of commercial properties in Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

She took great pride in her daughters, nieces and nephews, grand- and great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Carmen will be remembered for her gentle demeanor and pleasant disposition and as a helpful and caring neighbor, sharing her fruit and vegetable harvests and making quilts and clothing for neighborhood newborns.

She is survived by the families of her two beloved daughters, Sharon Sforzini and husband Steven Grant of North Bethesda, MD, as well as Charlotte Sforzini and husband Joseph Arton of Alamo, CA. Her three grandchildren and their families also join in remembering their “Mamacita”: Elliot and wife Anne Grant, of Silver Spring, MD; Dr. Heather Katz (Arton) and husband Major Joe Katz of Kapolei, HI; and Noelle Micek (Arton) and husband John Micek IV of Diablo, CA. Other family members include her six great-grandchildren, Aidan and Logan Grant, Avery and Jay Katz, and Charlotte and Jack Micek V; brother-in-law, Don Sparks; and nieces and nephews Joycelyn Zucchi Dykstra, Denny Zucchi, Brian Zucchi, Sandy Sparks Waddington, Karen Sparks Lester, Maureen Ramos Deasy, and Ronald Ramos.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice (www.HopeHospice.com).

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