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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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FHDA police go green with Zero motorcylces


Courtesy of Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police recently purchased two electric Zero DS motorcycles to add to its fleet.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department recently purchased two all-electric Zero DS motorcycles.

The department is the first in the country among community college police forces to include the no-emission motorcycles as part of its fleet.

According to the department, the motorcycles meet the district’s long-term sustainability plan and offer cost savings on fuel and maintenance. The bikes have a range of approximately 130 miles on a single charge and top out at 95 mph, allowing adequate operation on highways and during low-speed patrols on the campuses.

“The addition of the Zero motorcycles to our patrol fleet is a huge benefit to the entire college community,” said Ron Levine, chief of police for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “These bikes are quiet, cost effective and green, making them an ideal mode of transportation for our officers.”

In addition to general police duties, the motorcycles will be used for patrol in the parking garages and lots on both campuses, which can be targets for auto burglars, he added.

“Because the bikes are nearly silent, they can patrol an area almost undetected, giving the police officers an element of stealth,” Levine said.

According to police, the Scotts Valley-based company’s motorcycles can operate on- and off-road, making them versatile enough for both Foothill College’s more rural campus setting, which includes rolling hills and dirt pathways on the edges of the campus, and the more urban environment of De Anza College in Cupertino.

Levine learned of the Zero motorcycles after the San Jose State University Police Department became the first agency in Santa Clara County to use them.

“I immediately saw the value of electric motorcycles in the campus setting,” he said.

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