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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.

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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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Black Friday? Loco! Shop local!: Editorial

Thursday and Friday of this week represent stunning contrasts. Tradition dictates that Thanksgiving Day is a time for all to take a deep breath, relax and recognize and appreciate our good fortunes. It’s a time for turkey dinners and hanging out with family members.

The next day is Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s marked by consumerism, materialism, stress, cynicism and an every-shopper-for-himself attitude that has resulted in big-box store stampedes. No, thanks!

If you agree, you’re far better off avoiding that circus altogether. Instead, get some sleep, wake up refreshed and do your holiday shopping in your own community.

In case you haven’t noticed, downtown Los Altos is becoming more relevant by the day. There are some excellent new retail stores and restaurants dotting Main and State streets. From men’s and women’s clothing to jewelry and gourmet foods, the merchandise is varied, unique and high quality.

The downtown area also is proving quite an attraction for families and children. The gift options here, from toys to books, are not only plentiful, they’re also educational. And among the new additions this year are stores for hobbyists.

Virtually all the stores and restaurants offer comfortable, lower-key environments in which to shop. Best of all, the customer service is far superior to the big-box businesses.

At downtown stores, you’re dealing with people who are helpful and know their inventory. Most of them offer complimentary gift wrapping.

Although downtown boasts the lion’s share of activity, shoppers shouldn’t overlook the other six Los Altos shopping districts. Comfortable shopping also is available at Rancho Shopping Center, Loyola Corners, Foothill Crossing, Woodland Plaza, Village Court and along the El Camino Real corridor.

Despite the parking shortage, shopping downtown is still no hassle compared with the overcrowded national chains. Even so, downtown is scheduled to offer valet parking in mid-December, and merchants will distribute all-day parking passes at shoppers’ request.

It’s best to walk through town and discover what’s here. You’ll find lots of pleasant surprises. And you’ll keep your sanity.

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