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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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LAH ends general plan revision

After two and a half years of volunteer work from six town residents, the Los Altos Hills City Council unanimously approved the land use and pathways element - the final phase - of the general plan last week.

The plan consisted of three project phases. The council adopted the introduction, conservation, open space and recreation elements in April 2007, followed by the noise and safety elements in November.

The revised document updated the general plan to reflect current town practices – correcting errors, inaccuracies and obsolete references – to give residents a basis for changes made since it was defined in 1975. The committee released more accurate documents, including improved graphics that depict existing conditions.

The sparsely populated town hall meeting sans residents' complaints is a testament to the outstanding work, said Mayor pro tem Jean Mordo.

The approval included recommendations from the planning commission, Foothill College and Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee.

"This is really the constitution of the town of Los Altos Hills," said Mayor Craig Jones.

He presented committee members with congratulatory gifts for their hard work.

"Carmel spent $250,000 to do what this set of volunteers has done," Jones said.

• The Los Altos Hills City Council has scheduled an informal study session May 22 to consider an amendment to building regulations. The draft ordinance will establish green-building requirements for construction of new public facilities and residences.

Planning Director Debbie Pedro said the ordinance would be a way to formalize and bring together all current "green" townwide incentives. City staff expects to review the draft ordinance at a June or July meeting.

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