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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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Judge's ruling denies LASD effort to move BCS

The Santa Clara County Superior Court last week ruled against the Los Altos School District’s efforts to locate Bullis Charter School outside district boundaries.

School district trustees in May placed a bid on the Raynor Activity Center in Sunnyvale, with a mind to potentially housing the charter school on the site.

Following the bid, both the district and the charter school filed lawsuits.

The district’s suit asked for a legal interpretation of whether Proposition 39 – state law that requires school districts to provide “reasonably equivalent” facilities for charter schools – allows the district to offer Bullis Charter School a site outside district boundaries. If determined legal, the district requested that the court sanction its decision to purchase Raynor. Sunnyvale did not accept the district’s bid.

The charter school’s suit requested that the court compel the district to cease pursuing the Raynor site.

Judge Franklin Bondonno ruled Jan. 13 that the district “may offer a site outside of its boundaries to a charter school under Proposition 39 only if the charter school requests such a site and only if that request is in conformity to the school’s charter.”

“California law holds that BCS children have the same rights to local taxpayer facilities as other Los Altos area public school students,” said Ken Moore, chairman of the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors. “The court’s ruling reinforces this.”

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