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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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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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High school district breaks ground on Measure A construction

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees kick off the construction of Measure A-funded solar panels in the Mountain View High School parking lot Nov. 30.

Officials from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and Cupertino Electric Inc. gathered at Mountain View High School last week to break ground on the installation of solar canopies.

The 1.25-megawatt photovoltaic systems, scheduled for installation in the Mountain View and Los Altos high school parking lots, are part of a larger modernization program funded by Measure A, a $41.3 million bond that voters approved in June.

“While we are proud of the recognition we receive for our students’ academic performance, we also feel it is important to educate students on sustainability and their role in the larger community,” said Joe White, associate superintendent of business services for the district. “The Cupertino Electric-engineered solar system gives us the unique opportunity to explain the science behind renewable energy projects and gives students an opportunity to experience first-hand the rewards of such an investment.”

The district’s solar project comprises two distinct systems installed on ground-mounted canopies: a 755-kilowatt system on the Mountain View High campus and a 515-kilowatt system on the Los Alto High campus. The canopies will span approximately 95,000 square feet.

Rick Kramer of Kramer Project Development Company Inc. Construction will oversee the installation, which began Nov. 30. The project is being constructed in phases to minimize the impact on student parking at the high school campuses.

Over its 25-year lifetime, the district’s solar equipment is expected to produce 39,302,704-kilowatt hours of electricity, an amount equal to the annual carbon-dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 100 homes. The estimated kilowatt-hours generated are valued at approximately $11.1 million. In addition to energy savings, the district will receive PG&E rebates worth approximately $1.6 million.

 

Other Measure A projects

• In May, the district will begin a swimming pool/weight-room project at the Mountain View High School campus. The six-month project is scheduled for completion around February 2012.

• Next summer, the district plans to install new fire, phone and life-safety systems at the Mountain View and Los Altos High school campuses.

• In the spring of 2012, the district will begin adding classrooms at both schools, the largest project implemented with Measure A funds.

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