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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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2013 Buick Verano offers a trip back in time


Photo By: courtesy of General Motors
Photo Courtesy Of General Motors

The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo averages 24 mpg overall.

If you’re of a certain age and remember when General Motors led the world in automobile production, then you may be wondering whether the good old days could possibly return.

Driving the luxurious new 2013 Buick Verano Turbo recently – with an optional six-speed stick shift complete with clutch, for heaven’s sake – we were almost convinced one could roll back time.

The fact that the General Motors lineup now includes only three marques – Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac – indicates that time inevitably marches on. Nevertheless, it is nice to report that with the Verano, GM once again has a solid four-door, four-passenger sedan in the mid-range market that owners can proudly tout was built in Detroit.

And with the passage of time, the new offering from GM comes with 10 airbags, rear-vision camera, side blind-zone and rear cross-traffic alert systems, stability and braking safety systems and fuel efficiency of 20 mpg city, 31 highway and 24 overall.

The Verano boasts four available trim levels; the lower three levels are built around the underpowered base version of the 2-liter Ecotec engine.

We would definitely choose the top-of-the-line Verano Premium with turbocharged engine. At approximately $30,000, it is less expensive and offers more power than comparably equipped alternatives such as the Lexus IS250, the Acura ILX 2.4L and the Mercedes C250.

What we liked: Response of the 250-horsepower turbo engine with the superb handling of the new chassis; comfort and luxury of the attractive and well-appointed interior; and safety offered by the all-around radar sensors that not only watch parking distances front and rear, but also provide alerts when backing out of blind parking spaces.

What we would change: Manual adjustments for the seats when all comparable makes offer automatic, multidirectional adjustments; and the somewhat bulbous exterior styling, probably necessary to wrap around the large trunk and spacious interior within the compact length of this mid-sized sedan.

Bottom line: With the comfort, handling, power and quality that GM has built into the new Buick Verano Turbo, it is time to look seriously at this American manufacturer when shopping for a mid-price near-luxury car.

Buick Verano Turbo by the numbers

Vehicle type: 4-door, 4-passenger sedan

Under the hood: Ecotec 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive; 6-speed automatic transmission (6-speed manual transmission optional); 250 horsepower; 260 lb-ft torque

Get up and go: Zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds

Length: 184 inches

Weight: 4,371 pounds

Cargo space: 14.3 cubic feet

Fuel economy: 20 mpg city, 31 highway, 24 overall

Price: $29,105, plus dealer prep

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