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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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Residents behaving badly: Editorial

It's a given that if you do not like what your local government is proposing, you have the right to attend a public meeting and speak your mind. Los Altos residents, more than most communities, take full advantage of that opportunity.


That said, speaking one's mind with courtesy and respect for others is also appropriate. Unfortunately, that was not the case for a few residents attending a June 18 meeting to discuss Stevens Creek Trail proposals in Los Altos.
 

By and large, most residents did conduct themselves appropriately. We understood that a majority of the residents in attendance were homeowners who did not want any part of the trail in their Fallen Leaf Lane neighborhood. That message was conveyed loud and clear.

But perhaps tarnishing that message were some out-of-line comments that included clear intimidation of those speaking who were in favor of the trail. When one Fallen Leaf area resident remarked she would enjoy exercising on a trail through her neighborhood, someone snarled, "Get a treadmill!" Others were booed as they tried to speak their opinions. Another yelled out, "How much did they pay you to say that?"

The anger and xenophobia (frequent references to "outsiders") showed by some opposing residents did little to shore up their arguments.

Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, who sits on the trail committee, was seen as a traitor to south Los Altos, where she lives, and a few opined that she should be recalled. Hyperbole was used liberally, i.e. one comment, “It really frightens me to think we're going to open (the neighborhood) up to the rest of the world." Really?


Folks, and you know who you are: You have the right to tell your city what you think – you don't have the right to be rude to others who differ with you.


The discussion over the trail is far from over. Let's hope all of our residents can conduct themselves appropriately at future meetings on the matter.

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