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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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Letters to the Editor

Why not share the grass at Blach?

Why can’t my child play on the grassy areas surrounding her classrooms during school? I can’t imagine a single reason why a child would be forbidden to play on the grass area at his or her school.

My fourth-grade daughter was attending the Bullis Charter School campus at Blach Intermediate School last week. During lunch and recess, though the fields were empty, she was told she could only play on the blacktop and that the fields were off limits.

I was flabbergasted when I went to the campus to help for lunch duty last Friday, only to see 150 children squeezed onto the blacktop that is used as hallways between the portables. When I questioned why they can’t go on the grass, I was told that charter school children can only use the grassy areas on Mondays and Tuesdays, not the rest of the week.

This makes no sense. Why on earth would adults prevent children from playing on the grass? Despite the differences between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School, we should not use the children as pawns. Let’s keep the debate among the adults, and keep politics out of the playground.

Angela Rumi

Los Altos Hills

BCS needs site, but not site of existing school

In his Oct. 16 letter to the Town Crier (“Resident bemoans negative impacts of BCS”), Bob Moore accurately describes the years-long dispute between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District. I will reiterate that I do not have an issue with the charter school’s existence in Los Altos.

Bullis Charter School continues to increase enrollment, dismissing the district’s attempts to rein it in because of restricted space and limited facilities in Bullis’ current locations. The charter school has acted aggressively by trying to usurp an existing school site, suggesting that the ousted student population be integrated into other district schools.

Finding ample space within the district’s boundaries is nearly impossible, but the charter school won’t budge when offered relocation to surrounding communities.

Los Altos Hills has more space available – perhaps that’s where its campus should go. Then the fields at both Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools should be returned to mixed-use green spaces for the community.

Rebecca Hayman

Los Altos

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