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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

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 R...

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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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Comment

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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Police Blotter

Disturbing phone calls

Los Altos Police are investigating “disturbing or annoying” phone calls reported by Los Altos residents, according to police spokesman John Korges.

Four different homeowners received the calls Saturday: 9:40 a.m., Surrey Place; an hour later, Marich Way; 12:45 p.m., West Portola Avenue; and 6:40 p.m., North Gordon Way.

Korges said police are determining whether the incidents are connected.

Who let the dogs out?

• A resident reported a dog causing a “traffic disturbance” at the Foothill Expressway and Edith Avenue intersection Saturday afternoon. Before officer Rich Swanson could respond, the dog had fled the intersection.

• Officers responded to a call that two dogs were running off-leash (a municipal code violation) near Grant Park on Holt Avenue over the weekend. The dogs and their apparent owners left the scene before officers arrived.

• Officer Dan Corkern returned a dog to its home near Miramonte Avenue and Covington Road. It had escaped through an open side gate.

Drop-off for old medicine

Los Altos residents can turn over unneeded medication or medical supplies to police officers for proper disposal.

Some residents dispose of unused pills or liquid medicine in the toilet, but police spokesman John Korges said that because toilet water flows to the Bay, police officers will arrange to dispose of the medicine in appropriate offsite facilities.

The Los Altos Police Department is located at 1 North San Antonio Road.

- Elliott Burr

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