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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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Car hits, ruptures PG&E gas meter


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier A Mountain View firefighter watches as a car is towed after a multivehicle crash that ruptured a PG&E gas meter on the Los Altos/Mountain View border Friday.

Los Altos police and Mountain View firefighters temporarily closed a section of El Camino Real between Los Altos Avenue and San Antonio Road Friday after a car crashed into a PG&E gas meter, causing a leak.

According to PG&E spokesman Jason King, a motorist lost control of his vehicle as he departed from a business located near Del Medio Avenue and El Camino Real. The vehicle crossed northbound traffic, hopped the median and came to a stop after it struck and ruptured a gas line at 4410 El Camino Real.

The Mountain View Fire Department reported the crash occurred at approximately 9:53 a.m. According to several eyewitnesses, at least two other vehicles were damaged in the incident.

Emergency responders closed the stretch of road in both directions and evacuated two buildings as a safety precaution, ordering occupants from a third building nearby to shelter in place. According to King, PG&E crews were on scene at approximately 10:18 a.m. and shut down the gas line by 10:54 a.m.

Occupants were allowed to re-enter the evacuated buildings at 11 a.m., with El Camino Real reopened to traffic in both directions at 11:25 a.m.

– Diego Abeloos

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