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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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Taking care of business The changing face of downtown Los Altos


L ongtime Los Altos residents have seen downtown businesses come and go over the years, but 2013 is particularly bustling with activity.

From January through July, 11 new businesses opened downtown, while 10, including three pop-up shops, closed, according to city of Los Altos records. At least nine permanent shops and pop-up businesses are scheduled to open in coming months.

To keep readers informed, the Town Crier offers an up-to-date map of new downtown businesses.

New and soon-to-open businesses

1. Ambience, 132 State St.

2. The Makery, 170 State St.

3. Red Racer Hobby Shop, 170 State St.

4. The Alley (opening in the fall), 170 State St.

5. Green Cleaners, 201 State St.

6. Gift Xperience, 237 State St.

7. SFMOMA, 242 State St.1

8. Helix, 320 State St.1

9. Squirt The Juice Bar (opening in the fall), 325 State St.

10. Gallery Outer Space, 359 State St.2

11. The Botanist, 363 State St.2

12. Atelier Gray, 358 State St.

13. Know Knew Books (opening in October), 366 State St.

14. Sirena Scena Salon (relocated from 355 First St.), 75 Main St.

15. Redberry Coffee (opening in the fall), 145 Main St.

16. Paperwhirl (relocating from 235 First St.), 151 Main St.

17. Slingshot Power, 164 Main St.

18. Lisa’s Tea Treasures (opening in the fall), 167 Main St.

19. Pendleton Woolen Mills (opening in the fall), 231 Main St.

20. Queens Dance Studio, 331 First St.

21. Voyageur du Temps Bakery and Café (opening in early 2014), 288 First St.

22. Momentum Cycling, 149 Second St.

Closed businesses

Alabasta, 366 State St.

Aurobora, 359 State St.2

Beausejour, 170 State St.

Christian, 363 State St.2

Curves, 149 Second St.

Design & Interiors, 151 Main St.2

Estatements Luxury Consignment, 331 First St.

Europeon Hair Salon, 75 Main St.

Lussori, 231 Main St.

Pure Cleaners, 201 State St.

2013 by the numbers

• Businesses opened: 11

• Businesses closed: 10

• Businesses opening soon: 9

• Businesses relocating: 2

1. Temporary business

2. Pop-up shop

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