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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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Forum speaker Yun outlines North Korean threat to U.S.


Yun

An expert on Asia-related political and security issues shared his personal story during a presentation on the “The North Korea Problem” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 15.

Philip W. Yun, executive director and chief operating officer of the Ploughshares Fund and former Pantech Scholar in Korean Studies at the Walter Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, accompanied U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry to Pyongyang, North Korea, in 1999 and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000 for high-level talks and negotiations on nuclear issues. Key concerns included the nuclear threat to the U.S. and what would happen to the nuclear weapons if North Korea collapsed.

The North Koreans last May launched a series of six missiles in the Sea of Japan. Today, North Korea has enough plutonium for four to eight nuclear bombs and is building a light water reactor.

“North Korea with a nuclear weapon is a clear threat to the U.S. and the region,” Yun said.

North Korea had already provoked South Korea by sinking the South Korean ship Cheonan and attacking South Korean forces on Yeonpyeong Island in 2010.

According to Yun, the North Koreans could sell small missiles all over the world and had probably made arrangements with Syria to sell their technology.

Yun noted the humanitarian and food crises in North Korea, with 150,000 to 200,000 citizens sentenced to prison camps and 1 million deaths since the 1990s as a result of starvation. Yet despite the country’s ongoing problems, Yun said there is little chance of the government collapsing.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For more information, visit morningforum.org.

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