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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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Doctor Noize aims to introduce children to opera


Photo By: Courtesy of Doctor Noize
Photo Courtesy Of Doctor Noize

Doctor Noize, also known as Los Altos native Cory Cullinan, second from left, developed his new opera, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” to appeal to children.

Los Altos native and children’s music entertainer Cory Cullinan recently launched a fundraising campaign to promote his lastest musical endeavor, a two-act opera exclusively for children.

Cullinan, professionally known as Doctor Noize, describes the opera, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” as an educational musical theater piece.

“This is my dream project,” he said. “I think kids are smartest and most open-minded when it comes to music, and it’s a mistake when adults compose and orchestrate only for adults.”

His aim, Cullinan added, is to expose children to the “wonders of orchestral music and the fine arts.”

Conductor Kyle Pickett will lead the Colorado Symphony Orchestra through recording, with opera singers Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard also committed to the project.

The plotline will appeal to children – monkey Phineas McBoof, who went missing at the end of Doctor Noize’s last album, has been found on an island, where he teaches the natives the “joys of orchestral music.” Phineas and his native band rehearse for a grand symphony, but the performance won’t happen if antagonist “Mama Meanie” (an evil bunny voiced by Leonard) has anything to say about it. Along the way, the audience will hear orchestral elements from sonatas to the sounds of the different instruments.

After composing the music and writing the script, Cullinan’s next challenge is to raise money to cover production and recording costs, estimated at $125,000. He produced a video highlighting the message of the opera, available in approximately two weeks to kick-start the campaign.

“Just because kids are young doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate orchestra and opera,” Cullinan said. “I think adults have a narrower mindset when it comes to music. If we can make kids excited about orchestra and opera, I think that’s great. It’s what I love to do.”

To donate and for more information, visit doctornoize.com.

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