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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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Pedaling a new service : Bike Share promotes alternative transportation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bike Share stations are strategically placed throughout Mountain View to offer local residents and visitors, particularly commuters, an alternative to driving.

Approximately two-dozen mint-green bikes glisten in the morning sun in front of the Mountain View Caltrain Station as pedestrians scurry to complete their commutes. The new Bay Area Bike Share bicycles are waiting for riders to give them a quick spin around town.

Launched Aug. 29, Bay Area Bike Share – an $11.2 million publicly funded pilot program administered and funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – introduced 91 bikes to the streets of Mountain View via five docking stations. Strategically placed in areas adjacent to public transit and major business and residential hubs, Bike Share stations are located at the Mountain View and San Antonio Caltrain stations, Mountain View City Hall, the Evelyn Avenue Park & Ride and the intersection of Rengstorff Avenue and California Street.

At least two more docking stations are slated for construction in Mountain View by the end of the year. BAAQMD has submitted permit applications for four or five stations that would be installed during Phase 2 of the project, scheduled for early 2014.

BAAQMD adopted the project to reduce the number of bikes on public transportation by offering commuters an alternative to reach their destinations after disembarking from their primary modes of transportation. When the Bay Area Bike Share pilot program is completed, a total of 1,000 bikes will be available throughout 100 stations across the Bay Area.

Local residents may also use the Bike Share network as an alternative to driving for quick errands. At a cost of $9 per day, $22 for three days or $88 annually, the passes include unlimited rides under 30 minutes. If a rider fails to return the bike to a docking station on schedule, he or she pays a fee of $4 for every extra half-hour, up to $150 a day. With the system’s phone application, CycleFinder, users can check on the availability of bikes and parking spots at any station in the system in real time.

According to BAAQMD Grants Programs Manager Karen Schkolnick, the public’s initial reaction to the new Bike Share system has been resoundingly positive.

“Overall, it’s been very well received, and there seems to be a lot of support for this in the community,” she said. “We’re working to see how we can make sure that people who might be interested can engage in the program.”

Although no Bike Share docking stations are currently planned in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills, Schkolnick said the pilot could become a blueprint for future growth to service a wider audience.

For more information, visit bayareabikeshare.com.

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