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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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Police Blotter: Police chief urges caution after minors injured in accidents

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis is reminding motorists to exercise additional cautionary measures after police last week responded to a pair of injury accidents involving minors.

With schools back in session, Younis said drivers need to remain patient, plan for additional time to travel between stops and be particularly observant of speed limits in school zones. He also urged parents dropping off students at schools to use designated drop-off areas at all times as a safety precaution.

“We’re seeing more children and families traveling to and from schools, so this is a time when we really need to pay attention on the roadways,” Younis said.

Younis issued his comments after two Aug. 28 accidents resulting in injuries to local teens.

According to police, a motorist struck a 14-year-old girl as she attempted to cross San Antonio Road using the designated crosswalk. The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. when the motorist navigated onto San Antonio Road near Mount Hamilton Avenue. Police reported that the girl was later taken to El Camino Hospital by her mother and suffered a broken right arm.

The incident came just hours after a bicyclist-vehicle accident involving another minor. Police said a motorist attempting to make a left turn onto North Avalon Drive struck a 15-year-old male bicyclist traveling in the bike lane along Almond Avenue just before 9 a.m. The bicyclist, who was traveling to Los Altos High School at the time of the accident, suffered a laceration on his right leg.

“We want to encourage kids to walk and bike to school,” Younis noted. “Drivers need to be aware of their presence.”

– Diego Abeloos

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