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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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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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'Welcome to the club!': Poet travels back to the future


Courtesy of Bob Simon
Bob Simon’s maternal grandfather, Robert Andrew Walker

Genealogy has come in for its fair share of artistic kibitzing over the years. I seem to recall not one, but two Norman Rockwell covers for “The Saturday Evening Post” that were family trees complete with brigands of one sort or another. The artist, as was his wont, was painting with tongue in cheek. Those covers were no doubt apt for a family magazine of the day (family tree, family magazine).

Even more appropriate, it struck me at the turn of this century, would be a wedding toast based on genealogy. The result appears below. First recited at a wedding rehearsal dinner in 2000, my poem invites the bride and groom to join a not-so-exclusive group.

Future Ancestors’ Club

An Invitation

My resident genealogist

Helps set the record straight

By searching courthouse, tome, and tomb

To nail each fateful date

She annotates each birth and marriage

Each precious fact of life

So future generations will

With ancestors be rife

She’s even taken to the Web

In her relentless quest

To catalog our great-great-greats

’Tho ere long laid to rest

It strikes me that these fond forebears

To merit such exhuming

Had to exercise – and exercise –

Productive bill and cooing

You see, where there’s no pitter-patting

Offspring to reward you

No self-fulfilling progeny

Will be there to record you

If you would be an ancestor

You must do your part!

To join our sacred order

You must exert your heart

(If you would raise the birthrate

You must increase your heart rate)

So, be prepared to practice –

And practice – every night

To turn an age-old ritual

Into a perfect rite ...

Initiation time is here

And soul-mates we thee dub

You can’t resist this call to arms

Welcome to the club!

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