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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.

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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Gardner Bullis students learn stewardship through environmental restoration project


Photo By: Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
Photo Courtesy Of Town Of Los Altos Hills

Gardner Bullis School sixth-graders collaborate to restore Adobe Creek at Edith Park.

The town of Los Altos Hills recently received more than $83,000 from the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Environmental Enhancement Implementation Grant Program. The funds will be used to restore Adobe Creek at Edith Park to its native riparian habitat and to provide educational outreach to local students.

Debbie Pedro, planning director for Los Altos Hills, and Jon Laslett, project manager at the Santa Cruz-based habitat restoration firm Ecological Concerns Inc., collaborated to secure the grant and plan the project.

The native habitat in Edith Park had become overgrown with invasive species, compromising the area’s biodiversity. By removing invasive species and planting native varieties, the project aims to increase native plant diversity along the restored stretch of Adobe Creek and boost habitat quality along the wildlife corridor. The installation of native plants was finished in mid-December, and maintenance and monitoring of the work will continue through 2016.

Up the street from the restoration site, Gardner Bullis School’s sixth-graders have been studying environmental sciences all year and partnered on the community project. Ecological Concerns conducted planting demonstrations and lessons in ecology onsite.

The curriculum came full circle when 51 students planted approximately 600 native plants in just two days.

“This was an excellent opportunity for our students to experience the science curriculum in context by exploring local ecosystems while serving the community and the environment,” said Gardner Bullis Principal Courtney Cadwell.

The water district awarded $3.4 million in grants for projects that span the Central California region. Since 2000, 385 acres of tidal and riparian habitat have been restored in Santa Clara County. The program has resulted in the protection of endangered species and the creation of safe passage for fish native to California’s waterways.

For more information, visit www.valleywater.org.

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