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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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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. A reception to honor the town’s new council-selected mayor and vice mayor will follow. Below is a roundup of agenda items.

Committee presents results of Westwind search

After interviewing six vendors interested in assuming control of Westwind Community Barn, the interview committee is scheduled to present the results.

According to a memorandum issued in advance of Thursday’s meeting, the committe will recommend that two vendors, Torie Dye of Fremont Hills Country Club and Laura Stevens of Heather Hill Riding Academy, advance to the bidding phase.

The new vendor will be responsible for operating commercial boarding at the barn, in addition to Parks and Recreation riding programs, Pacific Ridge Pony Club horse leasing, facility scheduling, private lessons and portions of the 4-H equine services.

Sheriff’s contract up for renewal

Los Altos Hills’ 10-year contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office expires June 30, prompting staff to recommend renewing the agreement for law enforcement services.

Based on services provided, the Los Altos Hills Finance and Investment Committee found that contracting with the Sheriff’s Office is “comparatively low cost.” The Sheriff’s Office projects a per capita cost of $122 to provide services during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the lowest among all communities served by the office.

Los Altos Hills budgeted 15.77 percent of its general fund for law enforcement services, slightly more than $1 million for fiscal year 2014. The Sheriff’s Office has served the town of Los Altos Hills since its incorporation in 1956.

Purissima Creek project set for construction

Approximately 1,200 native plants may soon replace poison hemlock, periwinkle, English ivy and other invasive species that populate a 2-acre stretch along Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve in Los Altos Hills. If approved, the $155,000 project will begin in January and conclude in June.

A $98,425 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, $34,200 from the town’s capital improvement account and an $18,848 in-kind contribution will fund the project.

Student volunteers from Bullis Charter School will participate in the planting along the banks of Purissima Creek during the native species restoration phase of the project.

Guardrail project aims to make Taaffe Road safer

Prompted by safety concerns from neighbors following a March 2012 accident along a sharp curve on Taaffe Road, the Planning Commission recommended the installation of a guardrail near the intersection at Elena Road.

If approved, project funding, estimated at $29,600, will come from the street capital improvements budget.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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