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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.

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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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Los Altos seeks opinions on pedestrian plan


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Residents examine a map of their neighborhood and point out potential pedestrian improvements during last week’s Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

Los Altos is seeking the public’s help as it develops a document to make the city more pedestrian-friendly in the future.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the city is soliciting residents’ input on possible pedestrian facility shortcomings in their neighborhoods as part of the process of developing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The existing conditions assessment and outreach effort, Novenario noted, is the kickoff to a five-step approach city engineers and consultants are taking in the plan’s development. The overarching goal of the master plan, he added, is to “enhance the pedestrian experience” in Los Altos.

“If there’s a (pedestrian) safety issue or something else that needs to be addressed, it’ll be part of that pedestrian needs assessment,” Novenario said. “The public is the main user of these (pedestrian) facilities, and they have particular preferences we want to know about.”

To gather residents’ feedback, city staffers, consultants and members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) last week set up a booth at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market. They plan to repeat the exercise Thursday at the downtown market.

“The way I look at it is, no one knows your neighborhood better than you,” BPAC Chairwoman Suzanne Ambiel said of the city’s request for public input. “There’s no way the city can know of every single problem on every single street.”

Novenario noted that the plan will essentially serve as a policy document for the city as it weighs future pedestrian-related projects. Aside from outlining gaps and needs related to specific neighborhoods and streets, the document will also feature a detailed priority list of five potential projects for the city to consider in future years, he added.

The master plan, Novenario said, will allow the city to pursue additional grant-funding opportunities for pedestrian-related projects.

“Whenever there is a planning document in place with a city, it’s viewed more favorably by funding agencies,” he said.

As part of the plan’s development, Novenario said the city is planning study sessions with BPAC, as well as its Senior and Parks and Recreation commissions. From there, he added, the city will schedule a community outreach meeting in late November or early December. Novenario said a draft copy of the master plan likely won’t be ready until April or May. City council consideration and potential adoption of a final draft is tentatively slated next summer.

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