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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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LASD school reclaims name: Gardner Bullis

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees voted May 12 to change the name of Bullis-Purissima School to Gardner Bullis Elementary School.

Due to budget cuts, Bullis-Purissima School was shuttered in 2003, igniting a firestorm of contention and controversy. With the school set to reopen in the fall, some board members – and community constituents – believed resurrecting the old name might perpetuate the negativity associated with the closure of Los Altos Hills' lone elementary school.

In an effort to wipe the slate clean – and to avoid confusion with Bullis Charter School – Superintendent Tim Justus proposed the possible name change to the board.

In early April, the board established a committee to suggest new names for the district's seventh elementary school. The committee recommended such variations as Gardner Bullis Elementary School and Purissima Elementary School.

After the seven committee members selected the top two choices, board members Bill Cooper and David Pefley reported that Gardner Bullis Elementary School was the choice.

"The concept is to try to look toward the future, but with respect to the past," said Pefley, board vice president.

Pefley said some members of the committee voted to keep the name as it was, Bullis-Purissima.

"What a wonderful, wise and conciliatory conclusion to what began as a very divisive issue," Shari Emling, Los Altos Hills resident and former parent of Bullis-Purissima students, wrote in a letter to the board. "Thank you for the decision to keep Gardner Bullis' name on our school, and continue to honor a man who was so instrumental in bringing (and maintaining) so many positives to both Los Altos Hills and Los Altos."

The district received several letters and e-mails in response to a proposed name change. Several Los Altos Hills residents wanted to preserve the Bullis name to honor the memory of Gardner C. Bullis, an attorney instrumental in incorporating the city of Los Altos Hills. A longtime community volunteer, Bullis died in 1981 at the age of 94.

Pefley said the change both honors the Bullis legacy and lessens the confusion with the charter school name.

"The name Gardner Bullis has the historical ties to Bullis," Pefley said. "To the extent that ‘Gardner' would be emphasized … offers a potential to get rid of confusion."

As far as a mascot is concerned, the decision will be left to the Gardner community, Board President Mark Goines said. The previous mascot was the Bullis-Purissima Bear, and several community members have suggested the "Gardner Grizzlies."

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