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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.

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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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Expert addresses U.S.-North Korea relations in Rotary Club appearance


Jerry Tomanek/ Special to the Town Crier
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An expert outlined the state of U.S.-North Korea relations and the use of nuclear weapons for a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience Sept. 12.

Philip W. Jun, J.D., executive director and chief operating officer of the Ploughshares Fund, predicted extreme provocation from North Korea over the next six months.

After years of negotiating with North Korea as a U.S. Department of State appointee during the Clinton administration and living in Seoul himself, Jun based his evaluation on personal experience and knowledge of North Korea’s current political climate.

Jun received a Fulbright Scholarship to Korea and later served as a senior member in the U.S. delegation to the Korea peace talks in Geneva and the working group that managed U.S. policy toward North Korea. He traveled to North Korea as a senior adviser with former Secretary of Defense William Perry in 1999 and former Secretary of State Madeleine in 2000.

Although the U.S. called North Korea’s bluff when its first missile had to be exploded after 90 seconds and the U.S. demanded it adhere to a February 2012 agreement not to test missiles, North Korea gained significant knowledge from those tests, according to Jun.

“They have no intention of giving up their nuclear weapons program,” he said, adding that he expects North Korea to continue “playing the U.S., South Korea and China against each other.”

North Korea needs revenue and may seek to sell its nuclear stockpile. The key question is: To whom? Jun said he believes North Korea may have already sold nuclear technology to Syria.

North Korea has undertaken provocative behavior, according to Jun, because it’s an impoverished, failed state with leaders who seek to consolidate power internally while testing the mettle of the U.S., South Korea, Japan and China.

North Korea has a distinct advantage in negotiations, Jun said, because the Kim family circle of leaders has been in power for 20 years, in contrast to the changing administrations of other countries.

Jun noted that the U.S. has consistently underestimated the aggressive attitude of North Korea, and as long as China has North Korea’s back, there is little the U.S. can do.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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