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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.

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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Simitian bill to curb minors' DXM abuse signed into law

Simitian

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 514 into law, prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter cold and cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors without a prescription.

State Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) introduced the bill, effective Jan. 1.

According to WebMD and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, one in 10 teenagers admitted to using DXM to get high. The California Poison Control System reports that DXM abuse calls for children have increased 850 percent in the past 10 years, the most commonly reported type of abuse in the age group.

DXM is a safe and effective ingredient in over-the-counter cold and cough medicines. Taken in large quantities, however, it produces intoxication and hallucinations. DXM has become popular as a recreational drug, known by the street names Robo, Skittles, Triple C, Vitamin C, Dex or Tussin.

“Since 2003, dextromethorphan has been the most commonly abused substance by teenagers reported to the California Poison Control System. More than 80 percent of these calls involve teenagers being treated in a hospital for significant health effects,” said Ilene Anderson, senior toxicologist for the California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division. “It is important for parents, teachers and health-care professionals to be aware of this issue in order to educate and to prevent dangerous health consequences.”

Restricting the sale of DXM was a winning submission in Simitian’s 2004 “There Oughta Be A Law” contest. Wayne Benitez and Ron Lawrence, both with the Palo Alto Police Department at the time, submitted the idea.

For more information, visit www. senatorsimitian.com/legislation.

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