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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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Letters to the Editor

City vulnerable to speeders

Recently, I read a very favorable article on our police chief retiring at age 56 with a pension of 90 percent of pay.

An accompanying article was entitled, "Radar use out in Los Altos." Tickets are invalid until the city brings speed-limit information up to date. The 2001-2002 speed surveys are out of date and fail to comply with state and federal regulations.

My first reaction to this article is: How did this happen and who is responsible? If our city cannot even be current on traffic rules and regulations, then my safety and the safety of my family living here is impacted.

(Former city manager Phil) Rose, I would like to know who is responsible for this serious breach. Is it the police department or is it within the traffic department of the city?

I have lived here since 1965 with no plans of leaving. But now I am having my doubts. My once safe city is now vulnerable to speeders, while the city employees are taking early retirement at 90 percent pay.

Frank Musso Jr.

Los Altos

Appalled over radar action, secrecy

The negligence of city personnel to maintain valid traffic control reports invalidating the use of radar since February of this year is only exceeded by your decision to increase the amount of money spent, according to the papers, in excess of $40,000 to speed up the process by one month. Is there any indication that since tickets cannot be written on radar, traffic speeds have increased creating a public danger, or worse yet, has any person suffered injury as a result of the police department's inability to write radar tickets?

I am a certified traffic commissioner for the County of Santa Clara as well as a resident of Los Altos. I am appalled that the council would spend this substantial sum of money without any findings of danger to the public. The only thing being lost is the ability of the state to collect revenue for speeding tickets and the council should be much more concerned about spending taxpayer's monies for what clearly is an administrative error that can be rectified without having to incur a $40,000 penalty!

Finally, the fact that the city manager sought to keep this secret is disturbing. What other secrets have been kept from public scrutiny?

Gloria Dralla

Los Altos

How about a better senior center?

I would like to second the letter concerning the mediocre facilities of the Los Altos Senior Center, written by Marv Emerling in the Crier on June 20.

I am reminded of this same situation when in 1957 the Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos noted that the only place the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts had to meet was a structure built in 1922 and condemned in 1956. Consequently, the need for a building to serve the youth in the community became an issue. At that point, the Woman's Club stepped in and initiated a fundrasing drive which was presented to the city council.

As a result of the community's pulling together, $61,404 was raised, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 1960, the Youth Center became a reality and was turned over to the City of Los Altos Recreation Department.

Now these ladies are senior citizens and have been contributing to the community for many years but find there is not much for them here in the city they love regarding a Senior Center. However, hopefully, the ad hoc committee of concerned citizens who are getting together to see what might be done with the Civic Center's 22 acres will consider a Senior Center facility to compare with those in the neighboring communities.

Helen Foerster

Los Altos

LASD deserves credit

Since the closing of Bullis-Purissima School, recent years have been marked by conflict between Los Altos Hills and Los Altos School District. Now it is time to step back and give credit where it is due.

LASD committed to returning a neighborhood school to Los Altos Hills, and appears on their way to fulfilling that commitment. While we continue to support the return of Bullis Charter School to Los Altos Hills, LASD deserves credit for their efforts to reopen Bullis-Purissima, with the latest step designating new contiguous boundaries for this school and its projected opening in 2008 with a full K-6.

We continue to encourage the district to address two major, related issues that may be the final steps in a complete solution: a permanent location for the charter, and the need for extra school capacity in the northern end of the district.

Dean Warshawsky

Mayor, Los Altos Hills

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