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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.

The Dow...

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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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BCS in favor of bond benefiting all schools: Other Voices

The local public school boards of the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School have been engaged in formal discussions regarding short-term issues and planning for long-term solutions. Recently, the Los Altos School District Board raised the idea of a new school bond that would go before voters in 2014. In our discussions, the district has proposed a bond where more than half of its value would be dedicated to Bullis Charter School. Implicit in this proposal is the unfortunate position that charter school students would never be provided a fair share of public school resources unless and until such a bond measure is passed and new campuses are built.

As a founding member of Bullis Charter School and current board chairman, I want to communicate directly to the residents of this community and clarify where the charter school stands regarding the current bond proposal.

We are in favor of a school bond measure for all Los Altos public schools. School bond measures are an effective way to get funding to make important improvements to public school facilities and ensure that we have the infrastructure needed to support a top-notch learning environment for all.

However, we don’t want this bond to be about Bullis Charter School. In fact, Bullis Charter School has never stated that we want the taxpayers of the Los Altos School District to purchase and build a new campus for students at the charter school. Every year, more local residents have chosen Bullis Charter School as the best local public school for their children. These children deserve the same public support as their peers, and they deserve it now. Our only request is that public resources (facilities, bond proceeds, parcel taxes and the Basic Aid benefit) be shared fairly and equally among all public school residents, regardless of which public school they attend. Aside from the camp school sites, none of these has been shared with Bullis Charter School to date. If public resources are scarce, let’s share the burden by allocating what we have more equally and working together to increase the available resources for all public school students.

We remain committed to a path that brings peace to the community, and we believe that public school resources should fairly benefit every in-district public school student.

We look forward to working with community members and district officials on the next steps.

Ken Moore is chairman of the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors.

Moore is president of the board of directors at Bullis Charter School.

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