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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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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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Emotional control equates to higher incomes, expert tells Morning Forum


Photo By: Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn Tomaino/ Special To The Town Crier

Psychology professor Robert Levenson, an expert on human emotions, explains how old age is a time of emotional vibrancy to a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience.

Psychology professor Robert Levenson, Ph.D., an expert on human emotion, discussed “How Our Emotional Lives Mature: Changes and New Strengths” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 7.

Levenson is director of the Institute for Personality and Social Research and the Clinical Science Program at UC Berkeley, which is studying ways emotions change as people age.

Previously, old age was considered a period of flat emotionality, according to Levenson. The current view is that it is a time of emotional vibrancy, refinement and well-being when close relationships become increasingly important.

Levenson studies emotional reactions to situations and how emotions affect lives. He observes the physiological effects of emotion in faces, voices, large muscles and bodily systems (for example, skin and cardiac and sweat glands).

Emotions, he said, are powerful in human beings. When we experience an emotion such as anger, disgust or sympathy. we begin thinking about ways of dealing with the situation that triggered it.

Emotions are necessary for survival, Levenson said. We react to stimuli and situations with emotions, which alert us to respond to the challenges or opportunities. We can regulate the emotions and adjust responses to meet situational demands. In general, the better we control emotional responses, the greater our sense of well-being and the higher our incomes, he added.

We also recognize and respond to the emotions of others. As we age, our ability to know what others are feeling improves.

“In healthy persons, the capacity to generate emotions doesn’t change from a person’s youth throughout their old age,” he said. “The ability to feel sadness increases as we age. While we experience sadness more strongly in old age, depression rates are lowest and a sense of well-being is highest in old age.”

Levenson noted that the capacity to feel sadness is characteristic of people who are satisfied with their lives. In late life, the ability to feel sadness makes people able to care for others and gives them the ability to be taken care of.

“Older people are better at seeing the good sides of situations,” he said. “These abilities contribute to a sense of well-being.”

Levenson stressed that each person ages differently. Late-life diseases (for example, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia) affect the ability to generate emotions.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series held at Los Altos Methodist Church, 655 Magdelena Ave. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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