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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

Reader appreciates Rhymin’ Simon’s poetry

I was delighted to read the poem “To Jake,” Bob Simon’s ode to his first grandchild (Senior Lifestyles, Nov. 6).

Bob is a very talented Los Altan whose poetry conveys ordinary life in perfect meter, rhythm and rhyme.

I commend the Town Crier for publishing his poetry, and I understand that it will be a regular feature in the Senior Lifestyles section every two months. However, I almost missed it until it was pointed out to me in the paper. It appeared on page 31, in the back of the Senior Lifestyles section.

Bob’s poems appeal to all ages, not just seniors, and I hope the Town Crier will publish his next poems in a more prominent section of the newspaper.

John Cardoza Los Altos

Sunnyvale imposes ‘brave’ gun restrictions

Re Measure C, Sunnyvale’s gun-control legislation that passed with 66 percent of the vote Nov. 4: Finally, a mayor, a city council and voters had the courage to pass their own gun-control measures when our Congress and state do not have the guts to pass any substantial legislation.

In the past, it has been Los Altos that took the lead locally to do good things for the community. Los Altos was first in banning gas leaf blowers, blocking a garbage dump at Permanente and helping to stop general air traffic at Moffett Field from flying over our heads. Now Sunnyvale took the lead with its brave restrictions on guns.

Hopefully, this will send a message to neighboring communities that something can be done on the local level and that we will not be intimidated by the big-bully National Rifle Association.

Shame on Los Gatos for allowing a gun store to open downtown. I hope that other city councils will be wiser and not issue a permit to such a business and follow Sunnyvale’s lead with restrictions.

Myra Orta

Los Altos

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