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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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Home improvement questions solved

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) answers questions on hiring and managing building contractors.

Q: We are shopping around for a new roof. I’ve received a couple of estimates that are more than we want to pay. I saw an ad in the local paper from a guy just starting out. He offers deeply discounted prices if you let him use your house for advertising. I think it involves just putting a sign out front, saying he roofed your house. Does this sound legit to you?

A: The very fact that you are asking questions about the legitimacy of this should be a tipoff that something may be wrong with the idea. Even more importantly, is this person licensed by the state to do roofing work? It is a fairly old marketing gimmick that usually ends up costing the homeowner the same, if not more, than using another roofing company.

 

Similar marketing ploys are used for everything from weight loss to home business schemes. You can check out contractors with the CSLB to see if they are licensed and find out if there are complaints posted against them at www.cslb.ca.gov. If you aren’t happy with the current estimates, keep checking with other roofing contractors.

James Miller is chairman of the California Contractors State License Board. For more information or to verify a contractor’s license, bond or workers’ compensation insurance, call (800) 321-2752 or visit www.cslb.ca.gov.

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