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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.

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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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Lawyer claims truck driver should have seen LAH cyclist

Ward
The family of a Los Altos Hills cyclist killed Nov. 4 in a collision with a big rig has hired an attorney to act on its behalf in the ongoing inquiry into the cause of the accident. John M. Feder, an attorney with Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn, alleged last week that the truck driver, Gabriel Manzur Vera, 44, should have seen Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, who was wearing bright clothing and riding a pink Trek bicycle. “We know if the truck driver paid proper attention, he would not have missed seeing her,” Feder said. “We’ve been told he said he didn’t see her. … It’s mind-boggling.” Information surfaced last week that Vera was involved in similar fatal accidents in 2003 and 2007. California Highway Patrol spokesman Art Montiel confirmed last week that Vera was not found at fault in either incident. The CHP is withholding Vera’s statement to avoid influencing witness accounts, according to Montiel. Montiel said Vera was linked to the death of cyclist John Myslin, 25, in Santa Cruz in 2007 and a Dec. 31, 2003, fatality in Monterey. He couldn’t substantiate whether the 2003 accident involved a cyclist or a vehicle. According to Santa Cruz County Superior Court documents, Vera’s employer, Castroville-based Randazzo Enterprises Inc., reached a $1.5 million settlement in March with Myslin’s parents, Paul and Maria Myslin. “It’s shocking to many people (that Vera) should be allowed to still drive a big rig,” Feder said. Feder said his legal team retained experts in accident reconstruction to investigate whether Vera was at fault in the latest incident. Feder has not filed a lawsuit against Vera or Randazzo, but after the investigation, he may seek compensation for harm the family has suffered. Ward, a nurse and mother of two Mountain View High School students, and Vera were traveling westbound side-by-side on Alpine Road in Portola Valley near the Highway 280 overpass when the two collided. Police said Ward, who died on the scene, was riding on the truck’s left in the middle of three lanes. The road does not have bike lanes. Ward “was a very experienced, safety-conscious cyclist,” Feder said. “We believe she was doing everything right.” Reached by phone last week, a Randazzo employee would not comment on Vera’s record or whether he is still employed at the company. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, calls to Ward’s husband, Bob, were not returned. Lauren Ward, who advocated bicycle safety, once sent the Town Crier a letter to the editor, published in January 2009. “A bicycle is very vulnerable, like a pedestrian, to any sort of accident,” she wrote. “A car is a mode of transportation that, when mishandled, will cause death to its occupants and others.” Contact Elliott Burr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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