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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.

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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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We’re all green thumbs-up: Editorial

We’ve been griping a bit much in recent weeks. So we’re taking a thumbs-up approach this time around to salute some good things happening in our community.

Thumbs-up: To the Sit and Share program, initiated with enthusiasm by Los Altos Hills resident Robin Katsaros. She’s led an effort to place attractive and durable patio furniture at the newly expanded street corners throughout downtown. Check out the nifty round table with orange umbrella and chairs at the corner of Main and Third streets in front of Satura Cakes. Sit and Share supporters are now campaigning to purchase furniture for other locations. The furniture comes with a purpose: encouraging people to stay downtown, mingle and, yes, walk and shop at the stores. With grassroots efforts like these, the future of downtown looks bright.

Thumbs-up: To the recent arrangement with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to bring a temporary exhibition to downtown Los Altos. The city of Los Altos, Passerelle Investment Co. and the museum are collaborating on the display, set to debut in November. “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” will include works by prominent artists at both indoor and outdoor locations while SFMOMA undergoes a two-and-a-half-year expansion. This is a really big feather in Los Altos’ cultural cap that’s sure to draw positive attention and provide an economic boost.

Thumbs-up: To the ever-increasing green reputation Los Altos is cultivating, thanks in large part to the efforts of groups like the Living Classroom Program and GreenTown Los Altos. Living Classroom educates schoolchildren on growing their own vegetable gardens and their roles as producers and consumers. GreenTown advocates for a range of environmental causes, including recycling, bike travel and electric vehicles (members helped Los Altos install new EV charging stations).

Thumbs-up: And speaking of EVs, have you noticed the recent proliferation of Teslas in Los Altos? Purchases of the popular electric car are becoming fashionable here, although most owners will tell you it’s all about the great technology. Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, in his “State of the Cities” address a few weeks back, noted that Los Altos has 1,900 registered electric cars. That’s enough to put it in sixth place in the country – if it were a state! Now that’s something to brag about.

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