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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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Christians called to step forward in faith and care for others

You have heard it said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Life is a journey – often not a fast journey, but a slow daily walk. I say it is a walk with God. A walk with God also begins with a first step, but it always depends on the next step. Once the journey is underway, the next step is always the most important. The next step keeps us moving forward. Or it could be that the next step is scary or dangerous, and we stop moving forward.

I know people whose spiritual journey has ground to a halt for one reason or another.

Perhaps it was bitterness; someone said something and it just twisted us inside.

Perhaps it is the inability to forgive that has us hung up at a particular spot, stewing in the injustice and unfairness of it all.

Perhaps the stumbling block is a fear: fear of the future, fear that God won’t show up when we need Him or fear that what we most dread will come to pass.

Perhaps the fear is that we might lose some of what we’ve got, and then life will look and be different from how it is now.

Perhaps the block is simply comfort, that we have gotten so used to our present level of comfort that we don’t want to move from where we are, don’t want to grow, don’t want to move forward.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos is working through the Gospel of Luke, and in Chapter 7 there is a centurion who has taken many steps in his walk of faith. He has walked away from the Roman gods to embrace the God of the Jews. He has taken steps to help the local Jews build their synagogue, and they consider him to be a good guy. He has a slave, which was not unusual for that time, but he loved the slave, which was unusual. The slave was dying, and the centurion begged the Jewish elders to ask Jesus to heal the servant. Jesus consents to come, but then the centurion sends a runner to Jesus saying that it isn’t necessary for Him to come, but just say the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus is amazed at the centurion’s faith, says the word, and the servant is healed.

For the centurion, there was this last step – that he care for others, someone besides himself. The calling of Christians to take another step forward in faith gradually becomes a calling to care for others, as Christ has taken care of our future. We don’t need to worry or focus on ourselves as much as love others, because we have been loved first.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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