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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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Recent events leave us all thumbs: Editorial

We’re all thumbs in the wake of Los Altos news events.

Thumbs-up: To the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for putting its money where its philosophy is. A longtime proponent of conservation and sustainability, the foundation spared no expense in building its new Los Altos headquarters at 343 Second St. As celebrated during last week’s open house, the Los Altos site is the largest building in the world to receive Net Zero Energy Building Certification. That means its functions, from solar panels to recycled water, essentially result in zero energy consumption. The building is so efficient that it actually returns unused electricity to the power grid. We appreciate the foundation’s efforts in leading by example.

Thumbs-up: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to move forward last month with a comprehensive, goal-oriented Climate Action Plan. The plan has a goal of reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Councilwoman Megan Satterlee asked, justifiably, whether the goals were realistic given the city’s staffing shortages, which leave the city behind on numerous projects. However, having a plan with specific goals is better than having no plan at all. So the council made the right (and unanimous) decision to adopt the plan.

Thumbs-down: To recent misfortunes that have left the Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony broke. An investigation into the nonprofit organization’s missing $500,000 is underway, so we don’t yet know how this came to be. But we do know that one of the key jobs of a board of directors of any organization is to have a firm handle on finances and strong oversight so that no one person, even a trusted executive director, has exclusive knowledge of the accounts. Apparently, the symphony board did not have a strong enough system in place.

Questionable thumbs: To the recently installed art project at the intersection of State and Fourth streets in downtown Los Altos. The project comprises a series of triangles in various colors, spray-painted atop the asphalt and even some of the grass at Community Plaza. The work previews a slew of upcoming “Project Los Altos” events planned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. So what is it? Helipad? Traffic-calming device? Traffic hazard? Art that motorists can add to by riding over it with tire tracks? One thing’s for sure: It has people talking.

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