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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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Letters to the Editor

Where’s benefit with Third Street building?

Regarding the proposed 5,500-square-foot building headed for city council review, I must agree with the dissenting Planning Commissioners Ronit Bodner and Jon Baer that the building has an inappropriate “look and feel” for downtown Los Altos (“Third Street building proposal heads to council,” April 10). I would go even further than that.

I examined the site closely and noted that every building on the block is no more than two, maybe three stories. None is four. In addition, the office and residential buildings adjacent have generous (I would estimate 20-plus feet) setbacks.

The proposed building directly abuts the sidewalk, big-box style. How on earth does this fit in downtown Los Altos? This will create a “canyon” effect for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

Numerous mature trees will be removed. The new ones are fewer in number, smaller and, from the drawing, confined to a narrow strip adjacent to the concrete walkway.

In addition, although underground parking will be added, 18 above-ground spaces (which currently lend an open, airy feeling to the site) will be lost.

I see no benefit whatsoever to anyone who currently resides in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills. Instead, we will be forced to put up with months of construction and its attendant noise, dirt, trucks and street closures.

Does the loss of open space, trees, skyline, and so on, make up for 20-30 additional bodies in town who might spend a few dollars at Los Altos shops or restaurants?

I personally would prefer to see the site left undeveloped for the foreseeable future to preserve just a little more of our small-town feel.

Kathy Brady

Los Altos Hills

Include larger setback for Third Street project

I want to express my thanks to Zach Dahl, senior planner for the city of Los Altos, for helping me understand the building plans for the project at 86 Third St.

Third Street is now lined on both sides with expensive and stylish condos that are set back far enough to make a nice walk to downtown Los Altos.

The big-box-style mixed-use redevelopment project, built out to the sidewalk, would totally change the beauty of this area. I know that removing trees is a major discussion at this point, but I am more concerned that putting a three-story wall only 2 feet from the sidewalk would ruin the walk to downtown for those of us who use it on a daily basis.

I appreciate the plan to section the change by going from a 13-foot setback that matches the nearby Chartwell condominiums to a 6-foot section, but then it’s 55 feet of a three-story wall with a few windows, only 2 feet from the sidewalk.

The proposed changes would make Third Street look like a walk through an industrial park, not the nice residential area it is today.

I understand that city zoning allows the 2-foot setback, but I hope that the Los Altos City Council will judge how this would change the entire street and the entrance to downtown.

If they keep at least a 6-foot setback rather than the proposed 2 feet, it would keep Third Street as a nice walk to downtown. Isn’t that what we all want – a nice-looking town?

Bob Moore

Los Altos

Collective Roots thanks De Martini Orchard

We wish to publicly thank Craig Kozy, owner of De Martini Orchard, for his kindness and generosity in hosting Collective Roots’ annual seedling sale for the second year in a row.

This fundraiser plays an important role in providing resources to support our cooking, nutrition and gardening programs in East Palo Alto.

Both Mr. Kozy and his employees were critical to the success of the event by providing space at the front of the market, publicizing and promoting the event to customers and helping us to market our plants in the best possible way.

We’re grateful to be connected to concerned community leaders like Mr. Kozy and his employees, who play such an important role in our communities.

Sally Chaves

Board vice president;

Kris Jensen

Executive director

Collective Roots

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