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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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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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Grave is not the end, but the beginning of a glorious future

Recently at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, we considered a clash of worldviews, a clash of cultures.

Humans are designed to hope that there is life beyond death, that there is an ultimate hope. Here in Silicon Valley, we are in some ways at ground zero of this clash.

We Christians proclaim that because of Jesus and his resurrection, there is hope for every person who accepts him as his or her Lord and Savior. We believe that there is this great and wild hope that the grave is not our eternal destination, but that a better life waits for us in eternity with God. We hear this message every so often, at least as part of every Easter sermon, and maybe it becomes less exciting for us.

For the world, though, it seems as if people keep putting their hopes in something else, often technology. There is at least one man around here who takes hundreds of health pills each day hoping to extend his life so that when his time comes, the technology will be available to download his mind into some sort of computer or robot thing. He also has this longing for eternal life, but instead of putting his hopes of an eternal future in God’s hands, he instead has taken the reins and is hoping beyond hope that this technology will be ready for him.

I have put my hope not in my ability to beat death, but in God’s ability to conquer death on my behalf. And even though I will die, like everyone else before me, my soul will live on with Christ.

That is essentially the choice everyone has – to hope that technology or something else will save them, or that God will.

For me, the choice is very clear. I choose to follow Jesus. I choose to serve him. My future is in his hands, in the hands of the One who loves us – all of us, even those who try to beat death another way – more than we can imagine.

There is hope for all that the grave is not our end but instead the beginning of a future better and more glorious than we can imagine. That hope comes from Christ – no one else has beaten death, no one else invites us into his resurrection. Only Jesus.

If you would like to discuss these issues, give me a call. I’d be happy to meet with anyone considering Jesus’ claims about life and death.

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

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