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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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LAH council urges county probe into quarry blasts

A recent increase in blasts originating at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. quarry near Los Altos Hills is causing a bit of a shakeup. Unsure of whether the mining blasts could have a larger impact on seismic activity, the Los Altos Hills City Council plans to ask the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to conduct a study to assess the situation.

“We have a combination going on at Lehigh with both blasting and blasting on fault lines,” said Los Altos Hills resident Bill Almon, explaining why he requested that councilmembers consider action.

Observing an increase in blasts from the 1,288-acre quarry, Almon gathered seismic data from the U.S. Geological Survey that recorded 23 earthquakes and 66 blasts ranging from 0.64 to 2.95 on the Richter scale in 2013. Concerned that some of the blasts could possibly induce or contribute to seismic activity along the Berrocal Fault, which lies below the plant, or the nearby Altamont, Monta Vista or San Andreas faults, Almon contacted the State Mining and Geology Board and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors urging further investigation – to no avail.

“What we would like would be for the knowledgeable agencies to look into the problem and either say there is a problem or not,” Almon said. “From a common-sense point of view, it seems like you shouldn’t (be blasting) on a fault line.”

Councilmembers expressed interest in the issue and voted unanimously to engage their colleagues at the county and state levels.

“The only thing we can do is send a letter to the board of supervisors requesting a study and more in-depth information,” said Councilman Gary Waldeck. “(The U.S. Geological Survey and county supervisors are) taking the wait-and-see attitude, and I’d like to see more alacrity at this point.”

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