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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.

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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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Grant Road model homes open as construction continues

Photo Elliott Burr/ Town CrierA woman strolls by newly minted homes on the Grant Road farm at Grant and Levin Avenue in Mountain View.

The 53-unit single-family-home subdivision under construction on Grant Road is progressing according to schedule, according to representatives of the developer, SummerHill Homes.

SummerHill Senior Vice President Katia Kamangar said a recent grand opening for the one- and two-story-home subdivision, the Enclave at Waverly Park, drew approximately 1,000 people.

“We have already started our second phase of homes, as the market response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Kamangar said. “We currently have 15 sales in various stages of contracting – and we have been open for sales only a month. … People love the convenient location and the traditional single-family homes on large lots.”

Kamangar said the first homebuyers will be moving in by late summer or early fall. The entire project is scheduled for completion in the next 18 months. The homes, up to six bedrooms and 2,940 square feet on 8,000-square-foot-lot minimums, start $1.6 million.

Most of the infrastructure for the project has been completed, Kamangar said, and the traffic signal at Grant, Covington and the realigned Levin Avenue should be operational this summer, pending clearance from Mountain View and Los Altos officials. Covington, which currently ends at Grant, will be extended into the development.

“We are about one month away from having the signal operational,” said Jim Gustafson, public works director for the city of Los Altos. “The new signal controller has to be energized and proven, traffic detection equipment has to be installed, and the signal heads have to be configured for the lane geometry. It could be a little sooner if there are no problems with the setup.”

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