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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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Recycled plastic makes sturdy decks

The Earnhardts live along Skyline Boulevard where the wind blows and the fog settles in most of the morning. Their first redwood deck lasted about six years in that weather, and when they went shopping for a new deck they went to Bruce Bauer Lumber & Supply in Mountain View.

David Thom, buyer for Bruce Bauer, spoke with the Earnhardts and explained the features of a new type of material called Trex Lumber. They were selling a lot of it because of its flexibility.

"There comes a time when red cedar and redwood becomes too expensive to use for decks and this material is a great substitute," Thom said. "This material won't splinter, crack, can be sawed, sanded, nailed and drilled. It is resistant to termites, ants, rot and decay."

According to Thom, Trex is made by the Mobil Chemical Company and has been around several years. The product is made from recycled plastic grocery bags, industrial stretch film, sawdust from furniture factories and used wooden pallets. The materials are broken down and then extruded into standard lumber dimensions.

The material has been used in municipal projects like playgrounds and beach front boardwalks. City building inspectors have found it used in playground equipment, fencing, noise barriers, landscaping and industrial flooring.

"The reason some people like Trex," Thom said, "is they can sand and plane Trex just like wood. When you paint it, no special preparation is required other than working with a clean surface."

Trex weighs more than wood and is more flexible. An 8-foot 2x6 weighs about 30 pounds. Because of the plastic in Trex, it shields the wood fiber, and moisture absorption is extremely low.

When it comes to pricing, Trex costs only slightly more than treated lumber. Current prices at distributors is under $2 per square foot.

Bruce Bauer Lumber is located at 134 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. For more information call 948-1089

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