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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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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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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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Clinton draws a crowd at Celebrity Forum appearance


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While not everyone agrees with former President Bill Clinton’s politics, most people recognize his gift for rhetoric. Clinton appeared at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Dec. 5, 6 and 7 at Flint Center in Cupertino, leaving sold-out crowds eagerly anticipating the question-and-answer periods that follow each presentation.

After a short video on the William J. Clinton Foundation that centered on helping to build a better world, Clinton took the stage and discussed numerous problems from poverty to climate change, offering practical solutions for each.

Americans should consider what they want in the 21st century, he said. The 42nd president referred to the Declaration of Independence and the majority rule to form a more perfect union, emphasizing that “we are not perfect, but we can do better.”

“We have too much economic inequality, too much economic and political instability and an unsustainable energy production and consumption,” Clinton said. “These are exciting times in our lives, but good things have gone too far. Education is unequal, and inequality goes too far and thinking does not. You have to reward the person with the first idea. Half the people in this world live on $2 a day. Our economy is below full potential with not enough jobs.”

Clinton acknowledged that California has had a tough time as it struggles to recover from the mortgage crisis. Banks are unwilling to make loans, resulting in unpredictability and instability.

The debate on climate control, Clinton said, prompted calls for sensible solutions to events like the recent East Coast destruction by Hurricane Sandy.

“Don’t be pessimistic about the future,” he said. “Young people provide influence, and we are younger than Europe and Japan. In a short time, we will be younger than China. We have somebody here from everywhere. Our melting pot is still working.”

In the question-and-answer session, the first question was “Will Hillary run in 2016?”

“I don’t know,” he answered. “It’s whatever she wants to do. ... I’m proud of what she has done and I’ll be most supportive.”

In answer to another question, Clinton summed up his thoughts on the “fiscal cliff.”

“I think it is more likely than less likely to make a deal,” he said. “They will make a deal.”

An audience member asked Clinton if he were on social media.

“Not as much as my daughter,” he said. “I’m on Facebook and I believe in social media. I only sent two emails when I was president.”

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