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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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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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Owner of Boardwalk building seeks updated look

A building that has served as the longtime home to a familiar Los Altos restaurant needs a facelift – and more space – according to property owner RKT Group LLC.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) is scheduled Thursday to review an expansion project for 4940 El Camino Real – home of The Boardwalk restaurant. If PTC approves the project, it would go before the Los Altos City Council for a final review.

The proposal would add 3,647 square feet to the nearly 40-year-old mixed-use building, which has housed The Boardwalk since 1975 and also includes first- and second-floor office space. The project received a recommendation of approval Nov. 20 from the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

“It’s going to be a whole new look for the area,” said Sierra Davis, the city’s assistant planner, of RKT Group’s goal to increase the size of the two-story structure and update its facade.

Davis noted that RKT Group seeks a 915-square-foot addition to the front of the building, which faces El Camino Real, and a ground-level outdoor patio with customer seating.

“It’ll either be a cafe on the bottom or an expansion of The Boardwalk restaurant,” Davis said.

She added that the building’s expansion plan meets all zoning code requirements – with no outstanding development circumstances to prevent its potential approval.

“There are no variances for this. It’s a pretty straightforward application,” Davis said.

A staff report noted that expansion plans include an additional 2,764 square feet of first- and second-story office space with bathrooms, storage, stairways and a new main entrance and lobby area at ground level for office tenants. New indoor and outdoor architectural elements would aim to update the overall look of the 1960s-era building.

Improvements would include additional parking spaces that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, new landscaping and a pedestrian pathway connecting the building to the sidewalk. The property’s current configuration requires pedestrians accessing the building to cross its parking lot.

The additions as proposed, Davis said, would expand the building’s size to 15,227 square feet (gross) and reduce its setback from El Camino Real from 50 feet to approximately 26 feet.

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