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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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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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Letters to the Editor

Rancho's personal service 'a little tired?'

As I read that Rancho Hardware was closing its doors (Jan. 24 Town Crier), my heart sank. Another landmark of our little town is to become history. The new landlord of the property states that Rancho Hardware "... seems a little tired." His perception of "a little tired" is not the perception of the thousands of residents who frequented the hardware store throughout the years. The implication of the article is that the rent was raised, forcing the decades-old business to close. A business like Rancho Hardware fit our community as well as the gloves it sold.

The owner and employees greeted each customer and individually provided time and personal service. If an item was not to be found, they would order it or tell the customer where to get it. The surveillance mirrors in one of our junior high schools were specially ordered by Rancho Hardware and hand delivered, I might add, by one of the employees. Maybe those notions, too, are a little tired.

As a teacher who has resided in Los Altos for 35 years, I have seen many former teenage students gleaning valuable work and practical experience as employees of Rancho Hardware. Do the Big Box stores that he has implied Los Altans frequent do the same?

The landlord wants to "put somebody in there that is consistent with parking and the community." He doesn't realize that "tired" Rancho Hardware, with its friendliness, service, diligence and unique charm, represents the vision of "community" for most of our residents.

This same landlord is also the developer of a major three-story project in Los Altos on San Antonio Road (Jan. 31 Town Crier). Perhaps there is still time to divert some of the profits he is sure to reap and apply them to offset the rent increase that was foisted on Rancho Hardware. He should do everything in his power to keep this charming and unique piece of community viable and available for Los Altans. Maybe it is not too late.

Cindy Andrews

Los Altos

Seriously not amused by vandalism

I just spent two hours cleaning up what must have been 20 rolls of 2-ply toilet paper from my trees and bushes. This is the fourth time this has happened, and I am not amused.

Last month it was two dozen eggs smashed against my house. Seriously not amused. On Halloween night it was TP and human feces, on my steps and car. Completely and unequivocably not amused. My 15-year-old son is pretty sure who the culprits are, but we do not have enough proof to confront them.

After the feces incident, I contacted the sheriff and he said he is helpless, as these actions are considered a prank and not a misdemeanor. Even the fact that there are running all over my property is not a crime unless I post big "No Trespassing" signs and actually catch them.

So, I am asking for help from the community and, mostly, from these kids' parents. A question: do you know where your darlings are on weekend nights between midnight and 5 a.m.? How would you feel if this were your house being targeted again and again?

I am angry that these kids are so unsupervised and so unfeeling as to hit us again and again. Please, find something constructive to do!

Katharine Lang

Los Altos Hills

Are parking limits really necessary?

On Feb. 2, I received a parking citation in one of the lots between Main and State streets. The violation was for exceeding the parking time of two hours (by 22 minutes).

What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos has vacant stores where businesses were forced to close due to high rents? What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos limits the time you can park downtown to use available services, like hair salons, and then can't stay for lunch or browse shops without having to move your car?

Is it any wonder that our lovely city is driving residents to the malls, where one can spend many hours with free parking?

I have lived in Los Altos 33 years and I have never had a problem finding a parking space no matter what time of day. Residents and visitors should not be fined because they want to remain downtown for more than two hours.

It is time the Los Altos City Council reconsider this unnecessary law.

Mary Popek

Los Altos

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