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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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Commission seeks to expand library

An extension to the Los Altos main library that could house a quiet study area and a teen reading room could cost more than $3.3 million to build, prompting library supporters to look into other funding sources.

Last week the city council authorized the Los Altos Library Commission, a citizen advisory committee, to spearhead the expansion project and corral a group of library supporters to get the project off the ground.

The group already has two proposals for the expansion, drafted last year by an architect, that could include approximately 4,000 square feet of additional space. Expanding into the library's staff parking lot, the extension would create much needed shelf space for the library's overflowing collection of books and recording materials, said Cheryl Houts, Los Altos Library librarian.

Because the main library building on South San Antonio Road is owned by the city, it is up to Los Altos officials to approve the final project once the funds are available.

Commissioners plan to use at least $1.2 million for the project - part of a large bequest from Virginia Whipple, a longtime library supporter who died in 2004. Whipple's estate also left $1.6 million for the Los Altos Library Endowment. Potentially, $2.4 million is available for construction of the new wing if the commission decides to borrow $1 million, according to estimates.

If that's not enough, the library commission has inquired into renewing a parcel tax through the North County Library Authority (NCLA). The current tax will expire in 2010. The original parcel tax was used for the 1993 expansion of the Los Altos Library; the remaining amount funded extra library hours. Curtis Cole, Los Altos mayor and NCLA member, said the group is looking into placing the parcel tax renewal measure on the 2008 statewide ballot.

Of the long process for building a new wing, begun in 2004, Houts said, "Good things always take time."

According to Houts, the Los Altos main library has the highest circulation per capita of any library in the state.

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