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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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Emily Cheng becomes first Asian mayor of Los Altos Hills

Veteran Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Emily Cheng was selected to serve as the town's new mayor June 19, marking the first time a person of Asian descent has held the position.

Mike O'Malley was chosen by council colleagues -- minus an absent Dean Warshawsky -- to be vice mayor during last week's regular town hall meeting.

Cheng was first elected to council in a special election in March 2000, then re-elected November in the regular election. She served as mayor pro tem prior to taking over the mayor's seat, a one-year rotating position.

Cheng said that during her year as mayor, she plans to focus on putting an end to the hills' drainage system problems, as well as carrying on the goals of outgoing Mayor Bob Fenwick, which include the construction of a new town hall, the undergrounding of utilities project and the continued development of the hills' pathway system.

"(Fenwick) was a great mayor, and I'd like to continue the job he started," Cheng pledged to the audience. "This is the town we all love, and I want to be sure that it remains something we can all love."

The vote for Cheng was unanimously approved by the present councilmembers and met with loud applause from a packed house of Los Altos Hills residents and members of the Bay Area's Asian-American community.

Former Mayor Toni Casey, who ended her council term in 2002, made an appearance to pledge support to Cheng and point out the significance of the event.

"It's such a huge privilege to have an Asian mayor for the first time in the history of this town," she said. "(Cheng) has certainly earned this honor."

Cheng's first order of business as mayor was nominating councilman O'Malley as her mayor pro tem, which council also unanimously approved.

On giving up his center chair to Cheng, Fenwick offered some lighthearted words of wisdom to his successor.

"I don't see how anyone could do this job and stay sane," he said. "It isn't easy, but if anyone can do it, I'm sure it's you, especially someone who has been through the election process twice."

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