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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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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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City's economic development manager on the move

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Town Crier File Photo
Kathy Kleinbaum, the city's economic development manager, serves her final day on the job this week.

Los Altos Economic Development Manager Kathy Kleinbaum is leaving her post with the city in a bid to work closer to home.

Kleinbaum confirmed last week that she resigned from her position, which she has held for nearly two years, to serve as senior management analyst for the city of San Mateo. Kleinbaum’s final day is Thursday.

“I’ve had a really great experience working here,” said Kleinbaum, who among other assignments served as a liaison between the city and its business community. “The city of Los Altos has a very competent and professional staff.”

Kleinbaum told the Town Crier that while she has enjoyed her time working in Los Altos, her decision to leave stems from a desire to work closer to her Burlingame home. She added that her new position – and its shorter commute time – would allow her to spend more time with her young twin daughters.

Kleinbaum said her new position is more closely aligned with her professional background and allows her “the opportunity to work on issues of broader regional significance.”

The New York City native earned an undergraduate degree in earth systems/land management from Stanford University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley.

During her relatively short stay in Los Altos, Kleinbaum said she’s particularly proud of her work on the recently approved Downtown Parking Management Plan and the city’s new Wayfinding Sign Program.

Kleinbaum also played a lead role in an outreach effort to residents and businesses ahead of the single-use plastic-bag ban, enacted earlier this summer. Her efforts to secure grant funds led to the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations in downtown Parking Plaza 7 and the Los Altos Civic Center. Kleinbaum also worked with local commercial real estate brokers to recruit commercial tenants to the city.

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