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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

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 R...

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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.

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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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Questions for 2013: Editorial

With every new year comes new questions about what’s in store for Los Altos. Following are examples of questions we hope we can provide answers to as the year moves along.

How will downtown Los Altos fare with the ongoing new construction? As noted this week, the city’s San Antonio Road streetscape project is already under way. The entire year promises construction, mostly for projects along First Street. How will existing businesses and downtown visitors handle these growing pains?

How many more residents will be added to the city as a result of this year’s new housing construction? How many new children will be added to the school district? Combined, 331 new Los Altos housing units are in the pipeline. Another 330 apartment units are planned for the new Village at San Antonio Center in Mountain View, located within Los Altos School District boundaries.

What will become of the Civic Center Master Plan? Five years and $450,000 later, the city has nothing to show for its investment. We’d like to see our leaders stay actively involved in the civic center plan discussion. Perhaps it needs major changes. Perhaps plans need to be better prioritized. Whatever the effort, the worst thing that could happen is the plans gather dust in a drawer.

Will Los Altos make even more of a “green transition”? In addition to a new plastic-bag ban set to take effect as early as Earth Day (April 22) and as late as July 1, 2014, the city could become more attractive to electric-vehicle users, thanks to GreenTown Los Altos. The grassroots group hopes to plan an EV event with the ultimate goal of making EV charging stations available in Los Altos. Find out more at a GreenTown meeting scheduled 7 p.m. today at Neutra House.

What lies ahead for Passerelle Investment Co.? The community-minded development group has brought positive change downtown since its arrival in 2009. Fast becoming the largest property owner in downtown Los Altos, Passerelle has attracted long-sought-after businesses catering to youth and young families. Now, eyes are turning to its 170 State St. properties to see what comes next.

And finally, when will people involved in the Bullis Charter School facilities debate find tangible solutions and stop sniping at (or suing) each other? It’s a question we ask yearly that still presents no ready answer. Let’s all work together for a change in 2013.

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