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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.

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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News Brief

Council reduces hiatus period for termed-out members

The Los Altos City Council last week shortened the length of time termed-out councilmembers must wait before being eligible for appointment to a city commission. The change resulted from a review of the council’s norms and procedures at a special Jan. 7 meeting.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter proposed the change, which would make former councilmembers eligible for appointment to city commissions, ad hoc and other council-appointed bodies after a two-year hiatus from public service. The new waiting period is consistent with the time termed-out councilmembers must wait before being eligible to run for a seat on the council again.

The revamped rule, scheduled for a final vote at the Jan. 28 meeting – would reduce the existing four-year waiting period. The council approved the four-year moratorium last February by a narrow 3-2 vote.

Carpenter conceded that while she initially agreed to the four-year period, she accepted the change because she believes that the city benefits from the experience and skills former councilmembers can provide various city bodies.

“I did drive that change, and, to me, it’s still a compromise,” said Carpenter, a two-term councilmember in her final year of elected service. “The people who serve on the council are community-minded individuals who have contributed significantly to the community.”

Carpenter called the adjustment to a two-year waiting period a “move in the right direction” and noted that her motivation to seek the change isn’t “really about any one person.”

– Diego Abeloos

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