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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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Drivers should leave cell phones off, survey says

A majority of Los Altos residents appear to support a proposed bill to ban motorists from using handheld cell phones in California, based on a Town Crier survey conducted last month.

Survey respondents supported Assemblyman Joe Simitian's bill 3-to-4. If approved, Assembly Bill 45 would fine motorists $20 for using handheld cell phones while driving.

The bill is awaiting a hearing with the state appropriations committee. It cleared its first legal hurdle with the Assembly Transportation Committee March 3.

Of the 20 residents who responded to the call-in survey, 12 approved of the idea while eight were against it.

The 60 percent in favor of a cell phone ban cited close calls in traffic:

Those against the ban noted personal rights and driver responsibility:

  • "I was rear-ended while waiting to merge east onto El Monte from the 280 South exit ramp. The driver was on her cell phone ... She didn't hang up until we pulled over and got out of our cars."
  • "Picking on the cell phone does not solve the problem - you have to work with the drivers...What's next? Are they going to ban eating Twinkies?"
  • "If people want to talk on the phone in the car that's their right to do ... just like drinking a cup of coffee."
  • "You've got to think about salesmen, general contractors who have to be able to use a cell phone while driving."

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