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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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Mtn. View High promotes green commuting

The city of Mountain View is moving forward with bike and pedestrian initiatives, and students at Mountain View High School are getting into the act.

Increasing numbers of students bike, walk or ride the bus to school to avoid traffic congestion, reduce carbon emissions and save money, according to campus bike counts tallied by the school’s Carbon Free Commute Challenge, a Parent Teacher Student Association group that encourages green commuting. The average number of students biking to school has more than doubled in the past six years, the group reports.

Mountain View High’s Environmental Club is spearheading an effort to have green bike lanes painted on Bryant and Truman avenues.

“Biking, walking and bus-riding should be the standard modes of transportation to school, not something extra just for the environmentally enthusiastic,” said Carbon Free Commute Challenge co-chairman Mike Mulkey, a Mountain View High parent.

According to Mulkey, many students are now realizing that with heavy morning traffic, stoplights and the continual congestion near campus, it can be faster to bike to school.

“The new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Highway 85 at Dale Avenue and Heatherstone Way has been a big help for those students coming from north of El Camino,” he said. “Plus, biking and walking students find benefits they didn’t expect, like arriving at school refreshed and ready to go, as well as enjoying a healthy, relaxing wind-down on the way home.”

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